Cowboys discover body of wanted murderer

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers
By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer
By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer

PRESCOTT, Ariz. - Sheriff's deputies say a group of cowboys investigating an abandoned campsite north of Prescott came across the body of a suspect wanted in a double murder.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said the body was found inside a van about one mile off of Williamson Valley Road. The van was hidden among large trees.

Deputies found physical evidence at the scene, including identification belonging to Wesley Hubbs in the clothing.

The van was the 2000 red Mercury "Villager" model in which Hubbs was seen leaving the scene of a double homicide on April 1.

Positive identification is pending medical examiner analysis most likely by use of DNA and/or dental records.

Back on the evening of April 1, around 6 p.m., deputies were called out to a reported shooting at a home on Glen Mar Drive in the Prescott Canyon Estates north of Highway 69.

Larry Boyd, 53, and Merrie Opielowski, 63, were pronounced dead at the scene.

At the time witnesses told YCSO that Hubbs, 50, was seen leaving the scene of the fatal shooting.

Hubbs and the victims were roommates at the home. Detectives believed the murders stemmed from a roommate disturbance.

Hubbs' body was found in an advanced state of decomposition. Cause of death is still to be determined.