SURPRISE, Ariz. – Surprise police have released the identities of three people whose bodies were discovered in a burned-out truck earlier this month.
The victims have been identified as Garth Tuggle, 25, of Phoenix, William Kling, 41, of Wittmann, and Lisa Baker, 57, of Wittmann.
Their bodies were found in the bed of a truck after police responded to a vehicle fire in a remote desert area near 219th Avenue and Sun Valley Parkway on June 9.
"The autopsy also revealed that before the bodies were burned the three victims had been shot," said Lt. Bert Anzini with the Surprise Police Department.
The deaths of all three victims have been classified as homicide.
Officers believe the trio may have been killed somewhere else then dumped and set on fire in the desert either to cover their tracks or something more sinister.
"It certainly could be personally motivated," Anzini said. "We're hoping to learn which it is soon."
Investigators would not say if the victims were related or if they even knew each other, but they did say this was not a random act of violence.
"One of the things we're trying to do is learn all we can about them, their lives, who they are, what they did and who they associated with," Anzini said.
3TV has learned from Tuggle's Facebook page that he liked tattoos and sharing pictures of himself.
Surprise police said all of the victims had some run-ins with the law in the past.
Whether their pasts had anything to do with their demise isn't clear, but police need the public's help to find out.
"Anybody who may be aware of circumstances that these victims were involved in that could have led to somebody wanting to kill them, that information is also helpful and we would like those people to call us," Anzini said.
Anyone with information that might help identify a suspect or reveal additional evidence is asked to contact the Surprise Police Department at 623-222-4000 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS to remain anonymous.
"The fact that there's a killer at large out there, who committed these crimes, we need to know who they are and bring them into custody as soon as possible," Anzini said.
Surprise police find 3 bodies in burned vehicle