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Body of alleged murder victim located

The body of Sandra Pagniano, who was presumed by Yavapai County Sheriff’s detectives to have been murdered by her husband, was located in a remote area Friday, May 26, according to the Sheriff's Office.
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The body of Sandra Pagniano, who was presumed by Yavapai County Sheriff’s detectives to have been murdered by her husband, was located in a remote area Friday, May 26, according to the Sheriff's Office.

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Sandra Pagniano's body was located Friday in a remote area about 10 miles from her North Yaqui Drive home. (YCSO photo)

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The effort to locate Sandra Pagniano's body involved YCSO deputies, a full contingent of detectives, and local search-and-rescue volunteers. (YCSO photo)

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David Pagniano

The body of Sandra Pagniano, who was presumed by Yavapai County Sheriff’s detectives to have been murdered by her husband, was located in a remote area about 10 miles from her home Friday, May 26, according to YCSO spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn.

David Pagniano, 55, has already been charged with one count of second-degree murder in connection with her death.

Sandra, 39, has been missing since May 19, when she failed to show up at a social event, D’Evelyn said.

Sandra’s body was found northwest of her North Yaqui Drive home.

“The effort to locate her has been non-stop since her reported disappearance, and involved deputies, a full contingent of detectives, and some incredible search-and-rescue volunteers,” said D’Evelyn. “Without the help of these selfless volunteers, the large search area would have been impossible to cover in such a short time frame.”

Asked how the search crews knew where to look, he said, “The target search area was based on evidence recovered at the scene and good, old-fashioned police work,” noting that David has claimed no knowledge of where she might be.

The couple was separated but still living together with two children, 8- and 12-years-old, D’Evelyn said, who are now under monitored care.

David is being held in the Camp Verde jail on a $2 million bond.

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