2013 Dodge Dart was found abandoned in a desert area near Silver Bell Estates, outside of Arizona City. When he did not show up for work, he was declared a missing person, officials said.
Virgin had worked as a correctional officer at La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy beginning in June 2015, according to Jonathan Burns, the public-affairs director of CoreCivic.
In a Facebook video posted Friday, Lamb said Virgin had met a girl on Facebook and was planning to meet her in Arizona City the night he went missing.
“We began looking into Facebook. We received information that led us to William Randolph. He agreed to come down to the station in Arizona. Detectives found several inconsistencies with William’s statements and William gave several different accounts of his whereabouts.”
Lamb said they recovered a handgun at Randolph’s place of work and found blood at the scene. Randolph was then arrested. Lamb on Friday said they were still working to determine Randolph’s connection to Virgin.
The investigation is still ongoing, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office at 520-866-5111.
Republic reporter Eric Newman contributed to this article.