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Suspect arrested in death of a Scottsdale man found in park

May 30, 2021 GMT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Aa suspect has been arrested in connection with the death of a Scottsdale man whose body was found in a Phoenix park, according to authorities.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials said 28-year-old Edward Nichole Hughes has been booked into jail on suspicion of homicide, probation violations, assault, criminal trespass and burglary.

It was unclear Sunday if Hughes has a lawyer yet.

Scottsdale police said Hughes was a known acquaintance of 29-year-old Julian Gion Franco Gonzales whose body was discovered in Papago Park on May 23.

Phoenix police started the investigation but turned everything over to Scottsdale police when evidence linked the case to a Scottsdale home.

Scottsdale police announced Hughes’ arrest but didn’t disclose what led investigators to him.

Police also haven’t said how Gonzales died and how Hughes knew him.

A second body was discovered at the south end of Papago Park less than a mile from where Gonzales was found, but Phoenix police said there doesn’t seem to be any connection to Gonzalez’s death.