2 bodies found in Papago Park in unrelated incidents, suspect arrested

Phoenix Police officials say investigations are underway after two dead bodies were found in the Papago Park area on May 23.

According to various statements released by police officials, a caller reported seeing the body to officers at 8 a.m. near Galvin Parkway and McDowell Road. The body was reportedly found along a trail in the area.

He was identified as 29-year-old Julian Gion Franco Gonzales.

At around 11:20 a.m., investigators say officers responded to another report for a dead body. In this incident, the body was found in a body of water. The person has been identified as an adult man.

Officials say two incidents are unrelated, and that the second incident is being investigated as a drowning with non suspicious circumstances. Meanwhile, the deceased person who was found next to the trail is "connected with suspicious circumstances."

On May 30, police announced that an arrest was made in connection to the death of Julian Gonzales after evidence linked the case to a Scottsdale home, according to a statement.

Officers arrested 28-year-old Edward Nichole Hughes, an acquaintance of the victim.

Edward Nichole Hughes

Edward Nichole Hughes

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Scottsdale Police Department at 480-312-TIPS.


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