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Man convicted for torching dead body in vehicle near Silverbell Mine

TUCSON – A man has been convicted for torching a vehicle that contained a dead body in 2015.

According to Pima County Attorney’s Office, Douglas Aukerman, who lived with the victim in Mesa, and his girlfriend drove two vehicles to Tucson. Officials say one vehicle belonged to the victim, the other belonged to the victim’s mother.

Douglas Aukerman/ Pima County Attorney’s Office

The couple drove the vehicles to a desert area near the Silverbell Mine. The following day, the victim’s mother’s car was found by law enforcement officers burned down to the frame with skeletal remains in the back of the vehicle.

According to authorities, the remains were found with evidence that the victim was rapped in duct tape, baling war, a tarp and a mattress cover before the fire.

Officials say the girlfriend and a witness said they smelled decomposition coming from the victim’s mother’s vehicle prior to the burning.

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead web content producer at News 4 Tucson. The University of Arizona graduate previously served as a community reporter at a news publication in Newton, Iowa.
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