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Man indicted in gruesome murder of teenager found in Tonto Nat'l Forest debris pile

18-year-old Parker League was found dead in June 2023
Parker League scene
Posted at 11:56 AM, Apr 05, 2024

Previous coverage in the video player: Pastiche owner arrested in connection with teen's death

A man with Tucson ties has been indicted on felony charges in connection to a 2023 murder investigation in the Tonto National Forest.

Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced Friday that Anthonie Ruinard Jr. was indicted for second-degree murder and abandonment/concealment of a body, which are both felony charges.

The charges are related to the gruesome murder of 18-year-old Parker League, a teenager whose body was found in a burned debris pile in June 2023.

The scene was in the area of the Bulldog Canyon (Hackamore) OHV recreation area, northeast of the Phoenix metro area.

Video in the player above highlights ABC15's original coverage from June 2023.

Parker League

League had been reported missing by the Tempe Police Department, according to MCSO.

Parker had just graduated high school in Nebraska and decided to come to Arizona to visit friends, according to his brother.

"It's hard to accept because he was the nicest kid in the world," Parker's brother, Hunter League, told ABC15 last year.

Authorities said surveillance footage showed League and Ruinard leaving a store together, marking the last time League was seen on video alive.

Evidence collected found League’s DNA on the outside of a vehicle seized from Ruinard’s property and in the vehicle's trunk.

Ruinard was the owner of Pastiche Modern Eatery in Midtown Tucson.

Watch previous coverage of the arrest from KGUN 9's sister station ABC15 below:

Arrest made in death of 18-year-old found in a bonfire pile in Tonto National Forest

A trial for the case is set to begin in July, MCAO says.