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Man Sentenced for Dumping Body Parts Around Prescott


The former operator of a Seattle donated-cadaver business who dumped numerous body parts around Yavapai County has been sentenced to more than six years in prison. A judge in Prescott sentenced Walter Harold Mitchell III to a six-and-a-quarter year prison term Monday. A jury convicted the 61-year-old Mitchell in September on 29 felony counts of concealing or abandoning a dead body. Authorities say various body parts linked to nine people were discovered on the outskirts of Prescott in December 2020. Investigators say tags, serial numbers, and a label with the name of Mitchell’s business led to his arrest. Mitchell closed his business in April 2020 and moved to Arizona with the body parts.

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