Couple accused of dumping burned body in desert

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Glendale police have arrested a husband and wife in connection with a homicide after a burned body was discovered early Friday morning in the far West Valley.

While investigating a missing person's case, Phoenix police detectives learned that a possible homicide had occurred at a Glendale residence.

Glendale homicide detectives took over the investigation and developed information that led them to the victim. Police said the victim's body had been burned and dumped in the desert near Olive and 195th avenues near the White Tank Mountain Regional Park.

"The body was dumped, so there was no car or anything like that, and it was dumped in the desert and there was some covering over the body," said Officer Tracey Breeden.

Detectives arrested Daniel Griffith, 31, and Jennifer Griffith, 30, for involvement in the homicide.

Police believe this was not a random crime, but won't say what the relationship is between the suspects and victim.

Daniel Griffith was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on one count of first-degree murder and one count of abandonment/concealment of body parts.

Previously, he had been charged with second-degree burglary and criminal trespassing -- nothing violent.

Jennifer Griffith was arrested on one count of abandonment/concealment of body parts and one count of tampering with evidence.

Although police believe they know the identity of the victim, they are awaiting confirmation from the Medical Examiner's Office.