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Arrest made after body found near Papago Park hiking trail

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Posted at 11:35 AM, May 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-30 16:02:19-04

PHOENIX — Police say they have arrested a suspect in connection to the death of a man whose body was found near a Papago Park hiking trail last weekend.

Phoenix police said on May 23 about 8 a.m., officers responded to a trail near Galvin Parkway and McDowell Road.

When officers arrived at the scene they located the caller who pointed them toward the body.

Detectives say when they responded, they noticed blunt force trauma on the victim.

Police said evidence found linked the case to a Scottsdale home leading Scottsdale police to take over the investigation.

Scottsdale police said they arrested 28-year-old Edward Hughes on felony charges for his involvement in the death of 29-year-old Scottsdale resident, Julian Franco.

Police said Hughes was a known acquaintance of the victim.

The incident remains under investigation.