Man charged in Arizona woman's death after a body was found in a duffel bag

Arizona police have arrested a man on suspicion of killing a woman who investigators believe was found dead in a duffel bag in her own storage unit last week.

Brett Daniel Puett was arrested Friday on charges including second-degree murder in connection with the death of Debra Childers, police in the western Arizona city of Kingman 说过.
Childers, 64, a Kingman-area resident who primarily lived out of her car, had been reported missing, and investigators believe Puett had been withdrawing money from her bank account over the last several months, 警察说.

      Body found during search of storage unit

        An investigation began this month, after Childersout-of-state son reported her missing to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office May 12, saying he had not heard from her in several months, 警察说.
          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’ 车辆, 警察说.
          在周五, Kingman detectives searched two storage units belonging to Childers. 合而为一, they found a body concealed in a large duffel bag, 据警察.
          “(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, 警察说.
          Police have said they believe Childers was shot and killed.

          Puett ‘admitted involvement in the killing,’ 警察说

          Detectives identified Puett as the person driving Childerscar and making the money withdrawals, 警察说, without detailing how detectives learned this.
          After learning Puett was staying at a home in Kingman, law enforcement officers arrested him Friday evening, 警察说. Puett had arrived at the home driving Childers’ 车辆, 警察说.
          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, 警察说.
          Childers was shot and killed sometime in November while Puett and Childers were sharing a room at a motelin Kingman,” said police, 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, 警察说.

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