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Posted on: November 1, 2019

Arrest Made in Murder Case

Media Release from October 31, 2019

Flagstaff, AZ – On October 29, 2019 a suspect arrested in Portland, Oregon for his involvement in the August 17th murder of Alan Arvey was booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility.

After Alan Arvey was identified as the victim in this case detectives were able to identify a suspect by tracking bank account transactions for Mr. Arvey. Detectives were able to identify a male subject captured on ATM video surveillance and other business surveillance video associated with purchases and withdrawals made both before and after Mr. Arvey was discovered deceased along Highway 89A, in Oak Creek Canyon. Detectives were able to identify the suspect as Michael Wyffels, a 55-year-old male from Sun City, AZ.

These credit card transactions led detectives to the Portland, Oregon area. Detectives from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office worked with Detectives from the Washington County (OR) Sheriff’s Office to locate Wyffels at a residence in the town of Beaverton, Oregon. Wyffels was taken into custody by Oregon authorities for charges related to credit card fraud in the Beaverton, Oregon area on August 28, 2019. During the investigation, detectives found that Wyffels had been released from the Arizona Department of Corrections on August 16, 2019, one day prior to the murder of Alan Arvey.

On October 29, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office detectives took custody of Michael Wyffels from the Washington County (OR) Sheriff’s Office in Hillsboro, Oregon and transported him back to Flagstaff. Wyffels was booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility for First Degree Murder, Felony Murder, Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, and Theft of Means of Transportation. Wyffels is currently being held on a $3 million bond.

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