CAMP VERDE, Ariz. -- The estranged husband of a woman who went missing last month has been arrested for first-degree murder.
Joseph Montiel, 43, was apprehended this week and is facing additional charges of kidnapping, tampering of a witness, and the concealment of a dead body.
Montiel’s wife, Jamie Louise Treakle, went missing on August 17. She was last seen being released from the Yavapai County Detention Center.
Treakle had called her boyfriend to pick her up from the detention center, but when he arrived she was nowhere to be found.
Family members suspected foul play, noting that Treakle had made no contact with her kids, which wasn’t in her character.
While investigating the case, the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office determined that a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck was a vehicle of interest. The truck was located on August 29 in a remote area off Cherry Creek Road.
On August 30, Treakle’s body was found near the truck. Authorities would subsequently classify Treakle’s death as a homicide.
Authorities have not said what led them to arrest Montiel, stating only that the investigation was in-depth and involved multiple agencies.