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Sheriff's Office makes arrests in burned body homicide case

Joseph Parsons, 27, of Dewey and Robert Hinderliter, 20, of Prescott

Joseph Parsons, 27, of Dewey and Robert Hinderliter, 20, of Prescott

PRESCOTT - Two local men have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 19-year-old man whose burned body was found near Senator Highway Saturday morning, according to a Yavapai County Sheriff's spokesman.

Robert Hinderliter, 20, of Prescott, and Joseph Parsons, 27, of Dewey, were arrested Monday night in the 500 block of Gurley Street, said Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO spokesman. They have both been booked into the county jail in Camp Verde on charges of first-degree murder.

They are suspects in the killing of Clifford Williamson, 19, of Prescott, said D'Evelyn. Williamson's burned body was found near Spruce Mountain Road and Senator Highway about five miles south of Prescott. D'Evelyn said it was likely Williamson was killed in the area where his body was located.

Detectives released two photographs Monday, one of a distinctive tennis shoe and another of a tattoo on the victim's left leg, in hopes they would be seen by someone who knew the victim.

Monday, D'Evelyn said, Yavapai Silent Witness received calls that helped YCSO identify Williamson.

After that, he said, detectives worked leads through the night and made the arrests.

Williamson's cause of death has not yet been released, nor has information regarding how YCSO connected Hinderliter and Parsons to the crime.

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