Man found dead near Pinal County gravel pit identified

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MARICOPA, Ariz. -- The Pinal County Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide after a body was found near a county gravel pit Tuesday afternoon.

According to sheriff's spokesman Tim Gaffney, county employees found the body adjacent to a gravel pit at Farrell and Hidden Valley roads at approximately 1:30 p.m.

The workers were driving heavy equipment in the area when they discovered the body. Gaffney said homicide investigators were sent to the scene as there were obvious signs of foul play.

The man has been identified as Carlos Pablo, 45. He is from the Ak-Chin Reservation.

Gaffney said the cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma. There is no suspect information at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Pinal County Sheriff's Office at 520-866-5163.