Woman Found Dead, Author Seriously Injured at Tucson Foothills Home | Crime and courts
Arizona Daily Star
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a woman, who was found in a Foothills home with a man injured by a self-inflicted gunshot.
The man has been identified as Hayford Peirce, 78. Online profiles indicate that Peirce is a prolific author of science fiction and mystery novels as well as short stories.
The woman found dead has been identified as Wanda Zhang Peirce, 51, the former owner of a now closed Oro Valley restaurant.
The department said MPs visited a house on the 6000 block of North Pontatoc Road, near North Swan Road and East Sunrise Drive, to conduct a welfare check on Thursday evening.
Hayford Peirce was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Zhang Peirce was pronounced dead at home, the department said.
Zhang Peirce was the former owner and chef of a Chinese cuisine restaurant in the Oro Valley. The restaurant was called Harvest Moon Chinese Restaurant, then Wanda Z’s Chinese. It closed in 2015, according to Star archives.
Hayford Peirce is an author of numerous science fiction and mystery books and short stories, according to an online profile.
Peirce, the profile states, has written numerous science fiction books, with titles such as “Napoleon Disentimed”, “Phylum Monsters”, “Flickerman” and “Black Hole Planet”. Its mysteries include a series of “Trouble in Tahiti” novels.