Remains of Kidnapped Arizona Teenager Found in Maricopa County

Kos Temenes
By Kos Temenes
January 1, 2023US News
Remains of Kidnapped Arizona Teenager Found in Maricopa County
A police car is parked on a street in Tucson, Ariz., on April 5, 2008. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Police have found the remains of a teenager who was kidnapped last week during an armed home invasion in Phoenix, Arizona. Police are now investigating the case as a homicide.

The remains of 17-year-old Jesse Sainz-Camacho were discovered in a rural part of Maricopa County, after he was taken from his Phoenix home on Dec. 19 by two armed suspects, according to police reports.

The investigation is led by the Phoenix Police Homicide Unit.

Following a distress call around 3 a.m. on Dec. 19, the Phoenix Police Department dispatched officers to the location in the area of 88th Avenue and Indian School Road, according to police department spokesperson Sgt. Phil Krynsky.

“Two men forced their way into the home and shot a man who was asleep inside,” Krynsky said.

The men, who were armed with a rifle and a handgun, then forced Sainz-Camacho into a dark-colored sedan before fleeing to an unknown location, the police report states.

The shooting victim at the house was taken to a local hospital, where he received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. The man has not yet been identified by police.

No arrests have been made yet but police are looking for two suspects. No motive for the attack has yet been established. Police have also not divulged the reason for searching the rural area where the teenager’s body was found, nor the exact location.

Images of one of the suspects carrying a firearm were released by local authorities, as part of the ongoing inquiry. Police are asking for anyone with information to step forward. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Silent Witness for any information leading to the arrest of the suspects.

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