A Seattle Man Dumped Body Parts In Central Arizona

Body Parts Dumped In Arizona

A former Seattle resident found guilty of more than two dozen felonies for dumping body parts in central Arizona.

Walter Harold Mitchell III was found guilty on Thursday of 29 felony counts of abandoning or concealing a dead body, according to the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office.

By examining tags and medical gauze associated with the remains, authorities were able to link Mitchell to the remains found on the outskirts of Prescott late in December 2020.

In 2020, Mitchell moved there from Washington state, where he managed cadavers for research. Prosecutors say that when he moved to Arizona in April 2020, he took the donor parts with him in a U-Haul truck on dry ice.

Prosecutors said he dumped the parts north of Prescott in Chino Valley in late November 2020 after storing them in a shed-freezer. Following the sale of the freezer and his move to Scottsdale, he was arrested.

According to Casi Harris, Deputy Yavapai County Attorney, nine peoples remains were found.

A sentencing date has been set for Mitchell in late October.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. Arizona body broker found guilty of dumping body parts in Prescott – KPNX
  2. Former Seattle ‘body broker’ convicted for dumping bodies in Arizona – KING5
  3. Former Seattle resident found guilty of dumping body parts in Arizona – FOX 13 Seattle
  4. Ex-Seattle man found guilty of dumping body parts in Arizona – The Arizona Republic
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