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Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2011 5:30 pm

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department have charged a man with first-degree murder after discovering human remains earlier this week that are believed to be that of a Marana man reported missing six months ago.

Family members of 27-year-old Todd Mike Whitzel reported him missing to the Marana Police Department on May 15 of this year.

Recently, the Pima County Sheriff’s Homicide Unit received information, which led them to believe Whitzel was murdered, according to Dawn Barkman, a spokesman for the department.

Further investigation indicated a possible location of his remains. On Wednesday, detectives responded to the 8,000 block of North Razerback where they discovered human remains.

While the body was unidentifiable, Barkman said detectives believe the victim is Whitzel. Detectives are not able to provide specific information regarding the cause or manner of death at this time, pending further investigation.

Today, detectives from the Homicide Unit arrested Nick Phillip Rogers, 23, in connection with the homicide.

Rogers has been booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Center on charges of  first-degree murder.

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