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Questions remain unanswered after body of missing Phoenix man was found

Posted at 7:47 PM, Jan 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-04 19:16:30-05

MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ — The body of a missing Phoenix man has now been identified after being found in a desert area by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Officials say they responded to a location near Table Mesa Road Friday, west of I-17, for a body found in the desert.

While the murder mystery behind Benjamin Anderson's death continues to grow, very little is known about what led to his disappearance.

Fliers indicate Anderson was last seen the morning of December 31, at his home near North 7th Street and East Maryland Avenue.

He was reported missing by Phoenix police that same day.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office reported finding a body Friday but was not able to immediately identify the victim.

The next morning on January 1, Anderson's car was found completely torched near I-17 and Dunlap.

That's roughly 30 miles from where the body was found, and about five miles from his home.

On January 3, a $10,000 reward was offered for any information that could bring him home.

That same day, MCSO confirmed the body found was Anderson.

ABC15 reached out to MCSO about any updates, and whether there is anything suspicious about Anderson's disappearance or death but no updates have been given.

This certainly leaves many questions to be answered like: who was Anderson with that night? What was the motive? Are there currently any suspects?

The investigation is led by the MCSO Homicide Unit.

Anyone with information is asked to contact MCSO at 602-876-1011 and reference MCSO #(IR21-037309).

ABC15 will continue to work on getting answers in this case.