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Police: Remains found buried in backyard; grandson arrested

Posted at 5:01 PM, Dec 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-21 19:01:44-05

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police investigating the disappearance of an 83-year-old man have found human remains buried in the backyard of his residence and arrested his grandson.

Police say 38-year-old Joshua Ward is accused of abandonment or concealment of a dead body.

Police on Saturday completed a search begun Friday of the residence shared by Ward and his grandfather, Adow Albert.

Police say the remains were badly decomposed and that identity and cause of death will be determined by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office.

Albert was reported missing by other family members in August.

Online court records don't list a defense attorney for Ward who could comment on the allegation.