BARSTOW • Barstow police continue their search for information regarding the death of 68-year-old Barstow resident Irene Camacho, which was ruled a homicide after autopsy results confirmed that Camacho died of strangulation.

So far, police have not had any luck locating Camacho's son, Desi Allen Woods, who is wanted for questioning. Police have designated Woods as a person of interest in the case and not a suspect, saying they do not have sufficient evidence to charge him with murder.

"Police don't have enough probable cause to believe he is a suspect," said Barstow Police Lt. Albert Ramirez. "We don't want to limit our search to one suspect."

Ramirez said there have been many sightings of Woods that turned out to be another man who looks like Woods.

"We've received a large number of sightings that have turned out to be unfounded," said Ramirez.

Police designated Woods as a person of interest in the case after he became unavailable for questioning after his mother's death.

"When a family member dies and (their relatives) aren't available for us, it's unusual," said Ramirez. "Usually they want to be there."

When contacted after Camacho's body was found, Woods said only that he "knew of what happened" and did not answer questions, according to police reports.

A bulletin has been issued for Woods, and his name will come up as a missing person should Woods come in contact with police.

Police believe that Woods was staying in Barstow at the time of his mother's death. Woods was also out on bail for an Apple Valley burglary for which he was arrested on Sept. 12. Woods also pleaded guilty to obstructing or resisting a police officer in May.

Camacho's body was discovered by her fiancé at her Piute Street home on September 25.

Camacho was an active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and an employee at the Barstow Stater Bros. deli counter for almost 30 years.

Anyone with information about the death of Irene Woods is asked to call Barstow Police at 760-255-5111. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the WE-TIP hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or visit www.wetip.com.

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