Man Arrested and Charged With Murder In Connection To The Death Of A Teen Who Was Found Burning In Bonfire Pit

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37-year-old Anthonie Ruinard is facing a slew of charges including first-degree murder in connection to the death of Parker League, 18, reports PEOPLE. Officials say the 18-year-old’s body was discovered burning inside a bonfire in Arizona

According to reports, on June 12, the 18-year-old went to see friends in Tempe at a remote location in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest. On June 9, he arrived in Arizona and had planned on going home on June 12, reports ABC15. Documents obtained by KETV, Arizona Republic, and 10/11 NOW, say that officials revealed the teen was stabbed in his back multiple times as his body was dismembered. 

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said they looked for the suspect after an Arizona gas station footage

“showed League and Ruinard leaving a store together in a black Dodge Challenger on June 11,”

PEOPLE reports. 

Officials later discovered

“forensic evidence in the trunk,”

of the Dodge Challenger after they served Ruinard with a search warrant. The evidence was examined for DNA and the victim’s DNA was discovered. Authorities also say that there was footage of the teen’s bank account being utilized following his death. Hunter League, Parker’s brother, informed ABC15 that his relatives found out someone used Parker’s bank account. 

“We basically found out that someone was using his debit card to get food and tried to pay their electric bill with it,”

said Hunter. 

A relative reported the teen missing on June 15. Ruinard is being held on a $2 million bond, per KOLN. 

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