64-year-old Childers, a resident of the Kingman area, lives mostly from her car. has been reported missing And investigators believe Puett has withdrawn money from her bank account in recent months, police said.
An investigation began this month. After Childers’ out-of-state son reported she disappeared to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office on May 12, saying he had not heard from her in months.
The sheriff’s office learned that a man withdrew money from her bank account over the past several months. Police in Kingman The city is about 100 miles southeast of Las Vegas, it said.
Kingman Police began an investigation into the withdrawals last week. And investigators determined that the person withdrawing the money was driving Childers’ car, police said.
On Friday, Detective Kingman searched two storage units owned by Childers. In one, they found a body hidden in a large suitcase, according to police.
“(The corpse) appears to have been in storage for several months,” Kingman police said at a news conference on Saturday.
Investigators believe that Childers’ corpse. and her family has been notified. But the Mohave County Medical Examiner’s office still needs to be formally identified, police said.
Police said they believed Childers was shot and killed.
Puett ‘admitted to being involved in the killing’, police say
Police identified Puett as the driver of Childers’ car and withdrew the money, police said, without giving details on how detectives learned of the matter.
After learning Puett was staying at a home in Kingman, law enforcement arrested him on Friday evening, police said. Puett arrived in Childers’ car, police said.
“Puett admitted to being involved in the killings and subsequent withdrawals. including transporting and concealing her body,” Kingman police said at a news conference on Saturday.
Investigators believe Puett and Childers met last summer. As the couple lived outside the car, police said.
“The children were shot to death in November while Puett and Childers were staying in a motel … in Kingman,” police said, who believe the two had a peaceful relationship.
The police have yet to issue an arrest report. It was not immediately clear whether Puett had a lawyer.
Puett was held Saturday at the Mohave County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
A police press release said his Puett was 35; His prison booking data indicated he was 36 years old.
In addition to the murder charges He was also detained for abandonment and concealment of the body. including fraudulent plots and tricks, police said.