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Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 8:05 am | Updated: 3:22 pm, Wed Dec 22, 2010.

PHOENIX (AP) — Glendale police said Wednesday they have arrested the son of a Peoria woman who was missing for five days until she was found dead in the back of her SUV parked in a Glendale neighborhood.

Glendale police said Dominic Anthony Chagolla, 32, was arrested Tuesday afternoon at his home in connection with the death of his mother, Maria Chagolla, 50.

Homicide investigators said they obtained evidence over the past couple of days that led them to make an arrest.

In a probable cause statement, Glendale police said a medical examiner found the victim had numerous injuries to the head, including both eyes, and they ruled her death a homicide.

Police searched Chagolla's home and recovered knives matching the type found under his mother's body.

Dominic Chagolla was taken into custody without incident and was booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, police said. Investigators said they were not looking for any additional suspects.

Family members reported Maria Chagolla missing Dec. 15 when she didn't return home after dropping off her son.

On Sunday, Glendale police discovered Maria Chagolla's body inside her vehicle, which was parked on 81st Avenue north of Glendale Avenue.

Maria Chagolla's SUV was parked about 2 miles from where she had dropped off her son.

Dominic Chagolla was being held on $1 million bond.

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