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Person of interest sought in shooting death of church custodian

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Mark Leroy Woodruff, 72 (Source: Glendale Police Department) Mark Leroy Woodruff, 72 (Source: Glendale Police Department)
Glendale police detectives need the public's help in identifying this person they'd like to talk to in connection with the case. (Source: Glendale Police Department) Glendale police detectives need the public's help in identifying this person they'd like to talk to in connection with the case. (Source: Glendale Police Department)
Police said the person of interest is either Native American or Hispanic. (Source: Glendale Police Department) Police said the person of interest is either Native American or Hispanic. (Source: Glendale Police Department)
Mark Leroy Woodruff, 72 (Source: Glendale Police Department) Mark Leroy Woodruff, 72 (Source: Glendale Police Department)
(Source: Family photo) (Source: Family photo)
GLENDALE, AZ (CBS5) -

Detectives investigating last month's shooting death of a 72-year-old church worker have released photos of a person they'd like to talk to in connection with the case.

The person of interest seen in the surveillance photos is a Native American or Hispanic man. He's in his late teens or early 20s. Detectives said he has a prominent scar on the back of his head.

On June 24, a neighbor called police after seeing the man was not moving in the driver's seat of his sedan with the engine running in the 4400 block of West Maryland Avenue just before 7 a.m., according to Glendale police Sgt. Jay O'Neill.

Police identified the victim as Mark Leroy Woodruff, a night custodian at Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Phoenix, O'Neill said.

O'Neill said detectives found evidence that led them to believe Woodruff was killed sometime after arriving home in the early morning hours.

Woodruff's son and daughter arrived in Arizona soon after to talk with Glendale police detectives.

Don Shoenbach, senior pastor at Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church, reflected on Woodruff's death.

"I was just looking through his file and saw some notes his teachers left," Shoenbach said. "One teacher left a note that said, 'I want to let you know that a parent specifically chose to bring their child to this school because it was so clean.' You think, 'what's the big deal about that?' But that was something Mark had a lot of pride in."  

Anyone who might be able to recognize the man in the photos is asked to call Glendale police at 623-930-3000 or Silent Witness at 480-948-6377.

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