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Teen Found Dead Along Arizona Interstate, Dad Arrested On Murder Charge

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Source: Yuma County Sheriff's Office; MEGA

Dec. 17 2022, Published 3:01 p.m. ET

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A teen was found dead on an Arizona interstate and now his father faces a murder charge, police said.

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This week, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona arrested Jose Gallardo, 36. He was charged with murder in connection to the death of his son, Mario Nez, 19.

Around 7:15 a.m. on Dec. 12, deputies responded to a report of a man lying along the road on Interstate 8.

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Authorities arrived on scene and found Nez shot to death, according to the sheriff’s office.

Police then learned of a nearby vehicle crash. One of the vehicles was later determined to be involved in the homicide, according to the sheriff’s office.

The suspect fled the area but was quickly arrested in the desert, according to the sheriff’s office.

No motive has been released in the case.


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