Suspect accused of murder after human remains found in northwestern Arizona identified as Kingman man

Mohave County authorities say a suspect has been arrested for murder after human remains were found in Yucca in northwestern Arizona last year.

County sheriff’s officials said a man riding his off-road vehicle on Dec. 4 reported finding a possible body in a remote desert area in Yucca, which is southwest of Kingman.

Responding deputies located the remains wrapped in a tarp among a large pile of debris.

Sheriff’s officials announced on July 12 that DNA testing confirmed that the remains belonged to 50-year-old Brandon Ray Parlanti.

Shannon Powell and Brandon Parlanti

Shannon Powell (left) and Brandon Parlanti (Mohave County Sheriffs Office)

On Aug. 3, the sheriff's office said 29-year-old Shannon Powell was arrested. He is accused of second-degree murder and abandonment of a body.

No details were released about a possible cause of death.

The Associated Press (AP) contributed to this report.

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Clothing and jewelry were also found at the scene, including "Durango Rebel" men's brown boots, a Professional Fishing Gear T-shirt, and blue jeans size 39W and 34L. The victim was also wearing a silver link-style necklace, a silver ring, and a silver watch with a metal-style band. (Mohave County Sheriff's Office)

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