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Phoenix Hiker murder suspect served jail time in 2021

Authorities have arrested and identified a suspect linked to the murder of a woman recently found dead on a Phoenix hiking trail.

The victim is identified as Lauren Heike, 29, whose body was found Saturday on a trail near Mayo Boulevard and Scottsdale Road, Fox 10 reported Thursday.

Zion William Teasley is charged with first degree murder in this case. However, a pattern has yet to be named.

“The 22-year-old served a prison sentence from July 2021 to November 2022 for a disorderly conduct conviction, and was charged with robbery, kidnapping and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2020, according to court records,” the Fox article reads. .

The arrest took place at an apartment complex where Teasley lives and where officials served a search warrant.

In a social media post Tuesday, the Phoenix Police Department shared surveillance video of what the agency called a “person of interest” regarding Heike’s death.

“This person is described as having a dark complexion and was near the crime area. Detectives believe this person may have information related to the case,” the agency noted:

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION UPDATE: Phoenix homicide investigators have been working tirelessly on the murder case of 29-year-old Lauren Heike, who was found dead in a desert area near 6500 East Libby Street on Saturday, April 29, 2023. While methodically reviewing evidence, investigators were able to locate a short surveillance video clip of a person of interest. This person is described as having a dark complexion and was near the crime area. Detectives believe this person may have information related to the case. Original media advisory in the link below. https://www.phoenix.gov/policesite/Documents/Media_Advisories/Homicide%2065th%20Street%20and%20Libby%20St.pdf

Posted by Phoenix Police Department on Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Authorities said Heike had “bodily trauma.” THE Daily Mail cited sources who told local media that she had been stabbed “multiple times” and that DNA reportedly found at the scene helped law enforcement track down the suspect.

“Police have confirmed that the man arrested was the same man running in the footage,” the official said. To post says the article.

Meanwhile, neighbor Amber Winter witnessed the arrest and said she was walking her dog when she noticed SWAT vehicles and numerous undercover vehicles approaching.

“They literally blew the door down, came in shouting ‘Get down! Get out there!’ They arrested the alleged suspect and took him out. He sat there for a while, while they went inside and searched and questioned people,” she recalled.

Video footage shows officials checking the man’s pockets before placing him inside a police vehicle:

“Our detectives have worked tirelessly around the clock. We have received an outpouring of support and advice. So I want to thank the community,” a law enforcement official told reporters:

“We know that not only has this tragedy affected the family, but also this neighborhood and the whole community,” she added.


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