Hunters find human remains near Stehr Lake; police suspect homicide

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

UPDATE: The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office has determined the remains are of a predominately Caucasian male, likely in his early twenties, 5-feet-3-inches to 5-feet-5-inches tall.

If anyone has information regarding this additional information, please contact Detective Alex Jaramillo at 928-771-3278. Refer to case number 09-050892. As always, information may be reported anonymously to Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Cell phone texting notification is also available for Silent Witness. Text the word “busted,” then the tip, to 411247.

CAMP VERDE – Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a person whose remains were found by hunters in Yavapai County over the weekend. Detectives are calling the person's death a homicide.

Hunters found the partially covered and decomposing remains near the Child’s-Irving Power Plant Campground north of Stehr Lake, southeast of Camp Verde.

An autopsy determined the person likely died within the last 12 months, was approximately 5-feet-5-inches tall and between 20 and 40 years old. The sex and race are unknown. The person had a narrow, repetitive chain-like tattoo along the upper back extending to both sides. Detectives also found a rectangular metal belt buckle with a die cut design on it and a “Kwikset” key on a small metal ring.

If you can help identify this person, call the Yavapai County Criminal investigations Bureau at (928) 771-3278 and ask for Detective Alex Jaramillo. Information can also be reported anonymously to Yavapai County Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232, or text the word “busted” followed by the tip to 411247.