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ORIGINAL RELEASE FROM April 2, 2019: Happy Jack, AZ – On Saturday, March 30, 2019 around 3:30 pm, the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a deceased body found at Bly Pit in the Blue Ridge area. Investigators responded to the scene and located the body of a female. The body had undergone some decomposition. There was no identification on the deceased person and Detectives and the Medical Examiner’s Office are working to identify the deceased. The death is being investigated as a homicide. There is no further information being released at this time.
UPDATE April 4, 2019: The following information is an update on the deceased body located on Saturday, March 30, 2019.
Detectives were able to make a preliminary identification of the victim in the case. Working off of this information, Detectives served a search warrant at a residence in the Blue Ridge community. Detectives found evidence of the crime inside the residence. During the investigation, Detectives identified a person of interest who may be involved or have information regarding the deceased person. The person of interest was brought into the Sheriff’s Office for questioning. During an interview with Detectives, the person admitted to striking the victim several times while the victim was lying in bed. The subject then moved the victim and concealed her in the area identified as Bly Pit where her body was subsequently found.
The victim has been identified preliminarily as 37-year-old Tika Young of Happy Jack, AZ. Confirmation of the identification of the deceased is pending from the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Patrick D. Nagel, 62 years old of Happy Jack, AZ, was arrested and booked into the Coconino County Jail for First Degree Homicide, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Abandonment/Concealment of a Dead Body, and Consuming Liquor While Operating a Vehicle. He is being held on $1 million, secured bond.
This investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.
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