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PD: Remains found buried in backyard; grandson arrested

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Posted at 2:20 PM, Dec 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-22 16:08:22-05

PHOENIX — Phoenix police are reporting that human remains were recovered Friday at 7 a.m. when they were serving a search warrant near Interstate 17 and Dunlap Avenue.

The search warrant was being served due to the disappearance of 83-year-old Adow D. Albert who lived at this residence with his grandson, 38-year-old Joshua Ward.

Albert was reported missing in August to police.

During the search warrant searching, police found human remains buried in the backyard.

According to the press release, the remains were "severely decomposed, but it is believed they are the remains of an adult."

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner have not yet released the identity of the remains or the cause of death yet.

Police have arrested Ward, who was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on charges of abandonment and concealment of a dead body.

If you have any information, call Phoenix Police at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.