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Crash on 89A stops southbound traffic entering Cottonwood

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Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies have found the body of former Sedona resident David Ian Wile and arrested a suspect in connection with Wile’s disappearance.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputies made an arrest in the disappearance of David Ian Wile, 30, a former Sedona resident reported missing Aug. 17.Wile, 30, a resident of Sedona from 1995 to 2006, was last seen at his home in Glendale on the morning of Aug. 14.

After Wile failed to arrive at a ballroom dance competition and photo shoot at Paragon Dance Studio in Tempe, Wile’s family in the Sedona area filed a missing person’s report with the Glendale Police Department on Aug. 17.

On Aug. 24, at approximately 12:18 p.m., a couple driving on Grand Avenue in Sun City noticed a foul smell coming from outside their vehicle, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Ahead of their vehicle they noticed a white truck pulling a white box trailer, with foam insulation on the rear doors. The couple followed the vehicle for a while before contacting the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, because they reportedly believed the decaying smell was emanating from the trailer.

Deputies were given the license plate and a general location of the vehicle. A short time later, the vehicle was stopped on 111th Avenue north of Olive Avenue, between the cities of Peoria and Sun City. Deputies made contact with the 48-year-old driver.

Sheriff’s deputies immediately reportedly smelled the foul odor coming from the trailer and asked the driver  about the circumstances. He was reportedly very evasive and did not give the deputies too many details, according to MCSO.

Upon opening the trailer doors, deputies reportedly found what appeared to be a human body inside the trailer, wrapped up in a garment.

The suspect was interviewed but reportedly invoked his right to counsel and was booked on one count of abandoning or concealing a dead body and $20,000 cash bond.

The body was taken to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office for further investigation on the cause and manner of death. On Friday, Aug. 27, an autopsy confirmed the body to be that of Wile.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit is actively working the case. Additional charges may be pending.

A preliminary hearing for the suspect is scheduled Friday, Sept. 3.

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  • James

    I knew Dave from Sedona, and went to school with his brother. He was a really great person. Truly terrible for something like this to happen. Thank you so much to the people that alerted authorities and help capture this inhuman scumbag. I only wish we lived in a country that approved public stoning so that all of us that knew and loved Dave for the great person he was could help end the life of a person who needs not be here any more.

  • Showtyredd

    I am Davids cousin Gabrielle, I cant say how grateful my entire family is that you and your wife lead us to his body! We never thought something this horrible could EVER happen to our family. David was the first born child to his parents. He was a very kind and loving person. He loved to dance and was a computer genius!<br />We loved David with all out heart. We will forever be in your debt that you did a selfless act and called the cops most people would have drove past! David I love you and will miss you tremendously!

  • Wendy D.

    My heart goes out to the family. I wish many blessings to be showered on both the family and the wonderful couple whom took the time to report the incident. As a mother whom lost a son to a car accident, I knew and went through the difficult steps. To think of not knowing ..... Know my thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time...

  • Teri Wile Mabbitt

    Any up date for family not in AZ?

  • MizAhart

    I knew Dave Wile since he was 16 yr. old, we were close friends. He was a good man with a heart of gold, always there to help others in need. He was an exceptional human being, beyond anyone I have ever met...the kind you wish the world had more of. He will never leave those that keep him in their hearts...R.I.P my friend, I will always love you.

  • Alyson

    Dave was a customer at the Starbucks that I work at. I only knew him a short while...however he made a lasting impression on my life. He was so kind and friendly. He would sit and join me on my break where we would chat about life. He was so upbeat and positive...even after he was hospitialized due to some dental error. I don't know what type of animal could take another persons life like that ...but he should be punished to the very extent of the law. God bless you Justin and your wife for stepping up and calling the police when you had the chance. may we all learn from you both.

  • Michelle721

    I met Dave when I was 18 and new to Sedona. He was an instant charmer, we met at the Giant Gas Station and then spent hours at Denny's drinking coffee. He went on to be one of my closest friends. This senseless act has left me reeling, and searching for answers. I pray that justice is served, for Dave and his family. I thank Justin and his wife for having the bravery to alert the authorities in an age when so many people would have just driven away. Dave, you will never leave my heart and my thoughts, and I will see you again someday.

  • Tarra of Sedona

    Dave has been laid to rest this morning in a small, quiet Holy Ceremony....he will be greatly missed but never forgotten. His smile and good deeds will live on forever in the hearts of all who knew him, love him, befriended him, have worked with him.....Please pray for the family for the challenges ahead.

  • eric

    my heart goes out to davids family, i knew dave for a little and i said hi to him sometimes at the dance studio, and even though i didnt know him well, nobody deserves this!! unfortunately he is gone, but iam glad they got the <br />cold-hearted mammal in jail...

  • Lisa Nelson

    I can't believe Men In Black is gone from my life. He's been my dearest friend since he was 18. I just found out now--many months since his death--that the world has shifted.

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