An arrest has been made in the murder of a hiker in the north wonder,
Arizona Police have released video of a person of interest after an esthetician was attacked from behind and killed on a desert hiking trail.
The body of 29-year-old Lauren Heike was discovered in the north wonder desert Saturday morning, the day she set out to exercise.
Investigators say the alarm was raised the next morning and he was pronounced dead at the scene, with his body showing signs of “trauma”.
A press conference was held hours after the arrest, when officials said the suspect was a man in his 20s, but did not share his identity. Fox 10 reported.
Authorities said the suspect was taken into custody at his apartment complex and they had a search warrant for his home. The suspect was taken in for questioning.
Prior to the press conference where police announced the arrest, Fox10 reported receiving a video from a viewer showing police arresting the suspect.
Witness Amber Winter told Fox10 that “it was about 6 p.m., I was walking my dog, saw about three SWAT trucks come, 15 undercover vehicles pull up to a building”.
“He literally blew the door down, yelling, ‘Get on the ground! Get on the ground!’ They took the alleged suspect into custody and brought him outside. He sat there for a while, while they went inside to find people and check on them.”
Hike’s mother Lana said Said during a previous press conference that the whole process was “horrendous”. No matter how hard it is for us, we are thankful because we had such a beautiful child.
“We are grateful because he had such good friends,” she said.
His father jeff said: “She was my little girl, and I will miss her dearly. I hope they find whoever did this to her.”
Phoenix Homicide Lt. James Hester previously told reporters that Heike was attacked from behind as she was walking and died of her injuries.
He said the victim’s body was found in a location not easily visible from a community trail, which is an area where people often ride horses or off-road vehicles.