2 Arizona men arrested 8 months after body found in Mohave County desert

Aug 11, 2023, 1:00 PM

Bryan Keith Shannon Powell, 29 Brandon Parlanti of Kingman

PHOENIX — Authorities arrested two men they believe were involved in the death of a man whose body was found in a remote desert area near Kingman last December.

Bryan Keith Gibson of Yucca, 52, and Shannon Allen Powell of Yucca, 29, were recently arrested in connection with the death of 50-year-old Brandon Parlanti of Kingman, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said on Wednesday.

Gibson was charged Monday and faces one count of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. He was already in jail on unrelated charges, authorities said.

Powell was arrested Aug. 2 on second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges.

Deputies responded to the remote desert area in Yucca on Dec. 4, 2022, after a caller reported finding human remains when he was riding his side-by-side utility vehicle in the area, authorities said. Parlanti’s body was found among a large pile of debris, wrapped in a tarp. At the time, his remains were unidentifiable.

Authorities worked with Othram Inc., a private laboratory that specializes in forensic genealogy, to identify Parlanti in July.

The investigation into the homicide is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding the case is encouraged to call the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office detective division at 928-753-0753, ext. 4288.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Photo of scales and gavel....

Arizona man sentenced to 11 years in prison on drug distribution, gun crimes

An Arizona man was sentenced to prison for drug distribution and gun crimes, according to the Justice Department. 

4 hours ago

The Grand Canyon National Park entrance is blocked off, in Tusayan, Ariz., Oct. 8, 2013, because of...

Arizona among states to pay to keep national parks open if shutdown occurs

Arizona and Utah will keep the iconic national parks in those states open if a shutdown of the federal government were to occur.

6 hours ago

Red skirts are on display at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix, May 5, 2021, to raise awareness ...

Associated Press

Former boyfriend of Navajo woman convicted of her fatal shooting in emblematic Arizona case

The boyfriend of a Navajo woman whose case became emblematic of an international movement launched to draw attention to an epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women was convicted of first-degree murder in her fatal shooting.

7 hours ago

US President Joe Biden gives a speech at the Tempe Center for the Arts on September 28, 2023 in Tem...

Associated Press

Biden targets Trump’s ‘extremist movement’ in democracy-focused speech in Tempe

President Joe Biden argued during a speech in Tempe “there is something dangerous happening in America” as he revives his warnings on Donald Trump.

8 hours ago

A person holds a Powerball scan entry. Three tickets sold in Arizona each won $50,000 in the drawin...

Kevin Stone

3 Powerball tickets sold in Arizona win $50,000 as jackpot surpasses $900M

Arizona had three five-digit winners in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing, but the game’s ballooning jackpot went unclaimed.

10 hours ago

Cindy McCain accepts the President Medal of Freedom on the behalf of her late husband Sen. John McC...

Kevin Stone

John McCain was ‘very well aware’ of plans for library, Cindy McCain says

Planning for a library honoring John McCain’s legacy was underway before the Arizona political icon’s death in 2018, Cindy McCain said.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Ignite Digital

How to unlock the power of digital marketing for Phoenix businesses

All businesses around the Valley hopes to maximize their ROI with current customers and secure a greater market share in the digital sphere.



At Ability360, every day is Independence Day

With 100 different programs and services, more than 1,500 non-medically based home care staff, a world-renowned Sports & Fitness Center and over 15,000 people with disabilities served annually, across all ages and demographics, Ability360 is a nationwide leader in the disability community.


OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center

5 mental health myths you didn’t know were made up

Helping individuals understand mental health diagnoses like obsessive compulsive spectrum disorder or generalized anxiety disorder isn’t always an easy undertaking. After all, our society tends to spread misconceptions about mental health like wildfire. This is why being mindful about how we talk about mental health is so important. We can either perpetuate misinformation about already […]

2 Arizona men arrested 8 months after body found in Mohave County desert