Mother found dead in Tooele home, son arrested in homicide case

Posted at 9:45 AM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 20:03:41-04

TOOELE, Utah – A man is in the Tooele County Jail accused of murdering his mother inside her home. It happened near 600 North and 270 East.

Tooele Police got the 911 call around 6:30 Friday morning.

“It was actually a family member that called in asking for a welfare check on Marcella,” said Tanya Turnbow, a Tooele Police Public Information Officer.

Marcella Aragon, 66, lived at the home. When officers arrived on scene, they found her son, 44-year-old Jesus Aragon, inside. They ordered him out of the house.

“Our additional officers went in and found Jesus' mother, Marcella Aragon, deceased in the home,” Turnbow said.

Jesus Aragon was taken into custody, but police say he didn’t go quietly.

“There was a physical altercation that occurred between officers and Jesus, he did resist arrest,” Turnbow said.

Aragon was booked into the Tooele County Jail. He is facing charges of homicide, resisting arrest and trespassing.

Investigators don’t know what led up to the murder. They say Aragon lived with his mother off and on.

“Within the last little while he was not living with her and did not have permission to be in the home,” Turnbow said.

Investigators are still trying to determine the exact cause of death.

“There were obvious injuries, obvious signs of struggle, but there was not an obvious cause of death,” Turnbow said.

Neighbors who talked to FOX 13 News off camera say they didn't really know the family but are shocked that a tragedy like this happened on their block.