Riverside County murder suspect arrested after body was exhumed in Arizona desert south of Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS– Police have arrested a suspect in a murder in Southern California after sheriff’s deputies exhumed a body in the Arizona desert about 100 miles south of Las Vegas.

Garrett Cole, 31, was arrested in Riverside County, California on Friday and sent to prison on suspicion of murder, kidnapping and robbery, Bakersfield police said. He was wanted in connection with the September 23 killing of a man in the Bakersfield area.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Cole had an attorney or would be appointed to one at an upcoming court date.

The victim’s name was not released. Detectives said they received information that indicated he was killed in California and his body was taken to Fort Mohave, Arizona.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday located the burial site near the Arizona-California border and exhumed the body, police said.

Three other suspects were arrested in connection with the incident earlier this week, authorities said.

Police said the victim’s name would be released by the Fort Mohave Coroner’s Office at a later date. An autopsy was still pending.

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