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Detectives Looking For A Freezer In Connection With A Recent Discovery Of Human Remains

MITCHELL, Walter Harold MVD

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Yavapai County Sheriff’s investigators continue to look into a case involving 59-year-old Walter Mitchell, who has been arrested in connection with the discovery of human remains near Prescott last month. Deputies were called to an area off Contreras Road, North of Iron Springs Road where human remains were found back on December 28th. Then additional remains were found the next day in the Camp Wood area off Williamson Valley, northwest of Prescott. Detectives discovered the remains were likely connected to a business based in Seattle, Washington, identified as “Future GenX.” Mitchell owned the business, which involved the management of cadavers for research and had recently closed. Detectives are hoping to locate what is commonly known as a “chest freezer” owned by Mitchell and then sold in Chino Valley sometime between mid-November and December 19th. The freezer is a 1970’s to early 1980’s model, top loading style, and off pale yellow in color. It’s likely Mitchell advertised the freezer on Craigslist or a similar publication with the sale taking placing at a home on Reed Road in Chino Valley. Detectives would like to speak with the person or persons that bought the freezer or anyone who might have knowledge of the sale. Mitchell has been booked on 28 counts of knowingly moving a dead body or body parts with the intent to abandon or conceal them. He remains in custody on $250-thousand bond. If anyone has information, contact the sheriff’s office at 928-777-7271 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or submit a tip online at yavapaisw.com.