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Updated Jun 23, 2012 - 3:49 pm

June 25, 2012

Someone killed 53 year old Patrick McLaughlin.

According to Phoenix Police Sergeant Darren Burch Patrick was found inside his burned, white 1999 Lincoln Town Car on Monday, May 7th, 2012.

“He was found in a very remote area of Maricopa County, near Canyon Lake off of SR88,” Burch said.

Burch said suspects will often burn vehicles to destroy evidence.

Patrick lived in Tempe and hung out in that city and in Mesa.

“He was seen on May 6th, just the day prior to being found dead, driving around that area”, said Burch.

For more information on this case, click here.

On the other side of town, in an unrelated case, another body is discovered.

It was Saturday, January 21st, 2012, just before 2 a.m. when the body of 29 year old Jose Aguirre-Villasana was found just south of Indian School and 33rd Avenue near a canal bank.

Sergeant Burch said that at first, investigators thought Jose had been killed by a hit and run driver.

“But they found the vehicle and now the Medical Examiner has ruled this as a homicide prior to the motor vehicle accident,” Burch said.

It appears Jose was beaten to death before being run over by an unsuspecting driver.

For more information on this case, click here.

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