Burned body found near Prescott; 4 suspects arrested

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. – Yavapai County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested four suspects after a burned body was found Saturday morning near Prescott.

Yavapai Silent Witness received several calls after the sheriff's office released a photo of the victim's shoes and descriptions of his tattoos. Detectives were able to identify the homicide victim as Clifford Williamson, 19, of Prescott.

Detectives followed up on leads and arrested Robert Hinderliter, 20, of Prescott, and Joseph Parsons, 27, of Dewey on Tuesday.

Juan Carlos Sanchez, 23, and Veronica Rutherford, 30, both of Prescott, were arrested Wednesday morning for their involvement in the homicide.

Hinderliter, Parsons and Sanchez were each booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on a first-degree murder charge. Rutherford was charged with hindering prosecution.

Detectives discovered Hinderliter had prior contacts with Williamson as they were both co-defendants in a 2009 Prescott Valley robbery case, according to sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn. Detectives have not released details as to the motivation for the homicide.

Williamson's burned body was discovered in an area off Senator Highway about five miles south of Prescott. The body was found adjacent to Spruce Mountain Road.

The body was transported to the medical examiner's office and the cause of death is pending an autopsy.

D'Evelyn said it is likely the homicide occurred in the vicinity of where the body was found.