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Body of man found near Phoenix freeway; murder investigation underway

Feb 8, 2024, 8:00 AM | Updated: Feb 13, 2024, 12:06 pm

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A homicide investigation is underway after a man was found dead near Interstate 17 and Cactus Road in Phoenix on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024. (AP File Photo)

(AP File Photo)

PHOENIX — A homicide investigation is underway after the body of a man was discovered near a freeway in Phoenix on Tuesday, authorities said.

Officers responded to a call regarding an injured person around 6:20 a.m. near Cactus Road and the Interstate 17 access road, the Phoenix Police Department said.

When officers arrived, the man was found at the scene, where he was pronounced dead, police said. He was later identified as 70-year-old William Mielke.

Initially, there appeared to be no obvious signs of trauma to Mielke, but an autopsy revealed he was fatally shot with a small caliber firearm, police said.

Anybody with information about the case is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377) or 480-TESTIGO (837-8446) for Spanish.

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Body of man found near Phoenix freeway; murder investigation underway