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PD: California man accused of murdering his father on a camping trip in Yavapai County

Posted: 4:56 PM, Oct 29, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-30 01:28:50-04

A California man is awaiting extradition back to Arizona after being accused of murdering his father in Yavapai County.

Last Thursday afternoon, deputies were called to a campsite off Fossil Creek Road, just east of Camp Verde. Deputies said Dale Klettke, 60, of Union City was found dead with apparent head trauma.

A female witness told deputies that she saw the victim the day before with another and man and she may have heard what sounded like gunshots that evening — however she opted to not call authorities, a YCSO spokesperson said.

The next morning, the woman noticed that a silver-colored Jeep Liberty (that was there the day before) was gone, as well as the tent, deputies said. While wandering the campsite, she discovered Klettke's body wrapped in tent-like material.

Detectives searched the campsite and discovered multiple bullet casings and deputies confirmed that the victim was shot multiple times.

The victim’s son, 21-year-old Francis Claude Klettke, was arrested Saturday in Union City and accused of murdering his father.  

No additional information was released about the incident.