The sheriff’s office learned that a man had been withdrawing money from her bank account over the last several months, said police in Kingman, a city that is roughly a 100-mile drive southeast of Las Vegas.
Kingman police began investigating the withdrawals last week, and investigators determined that the person withdrawing the money was driving Childers’ vehicle, 警察は言った.
金曜日に, Kingman detectives searched two storage units belonging to Childers. In one, they found a body concealed in a large duffel bag, 警察によると.
“(The body) appeared to have been inside the storage unit for several months,” Kingman police said in a news release Saturday.
Investigators believe the body to be that of Childers, and her family has been notified. But official identification still must be made by the Mohave County Medical Examiner’s Office, 警察は言った.
Police have said they believe Childers was shot and killed.
Puett ‘admitted involvement in the killing,’ 警察は言う
Detectives identified Puett as the person driving Childers’ car and making the money withdrawals, 警察は言った, without detailing how detectives learned this.
After learning Puett was staying at a home in Kingman, law enforcement officers arrested him Friday evening, 警察は言った. Puett had arrived at the home driving Childers’ vehicle, 警察は言った.
“Puett has admitted involvement in the killing and subsequent money withdrawals, as well as transporting and concealing her body,” Kingman police said in Saturday’s news release.
Investigators believe Puett and Childers met last summer, while both had been living out of their vehicles, 警察は言った.
“Childers was shot and killed sometime in November while Puett and Childers were sharing a room at a motel … in Kingman,” 警察は言った, who said the two were believed to have a platonic relationship.
Police have not released an arrest report. It was not immediately clear if Puett has a lawyer.
Puett was being held Saturday at the Mohave County jail with bond set at $ 500,000.
The police news release says Puett his 35; his jail booking information indicates he is 36.
Besides the murder charge, he also was being held on charges of abandonment and concealment of a dead body, and fraudulent schemes and artifices, 警察は言った.