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PV Homicide Suspect in Custody

19 October 2015   Lynne LaMaster
Prescott Valley Police reports a homicide in Prescott Valley and then an attempt to conceal the body.

Homicide update 101915 1530 hrs.

Investigators learned that the 46-year-old victim, identified as Jason Wolf of Prescott Valley, had been involved in a verbal dispute with the suspect, 25-year-old Michael Jaramillo, also of Prescott Valley, over a common female friend. Investigation revealed that Jaramillo had a confrontation with Wolf but returned to a residence near the 8700 block of Manley Drive afterwards. 
Investigators learned that Jaramillo shot Wolf when he observed Wolf drive by the Manley location, and then moved Wolf’s vehicle and body after his vehicle rolled to a stop on the side of the roadway after striking a roadside fixture.  Detectives discovered that Jaramillo drove Wolf’s body to an area on Mingus Mountain where he attempted to conceal the body and his vehicle. 
Jaramillo turned himself into authorities in the early morning hours on Monday, 10/19/15, without incident. He provided a statement to police admitting involvement in the incident. The rifle used in the incident has also been located and impounded as evidence, as well as other evidence linking Jaramillo to the homicide. Jaramillo was booked into the Yavapai County Jail on the following charges: 

  1.  1st degree murder ARS 13-1105.A1
  2.  Discharging firearm at a structure, ARS 13-1211.B
  3.  Prohibited possessor of firearm, ARS 13-3102. A4
  4.  Concealing dead body, ARS 13- 2926.A
  5.  Unlawful use of means transportation, 13-1803.A
  6.  Assault / Intentional injury to other, 13-1203

Investigators have notified Jason Wolf’s next of kin. Investigators are continuing to gather information and are currently working on every possible lead into this case. The Prescott Valley Police Department is still asking for anyone with any information about this case to contact the Prescott Valley Police Department at (928) 772-9267 or 911 for emergencies, or Yavapai Silent Witness 1-800-932-3232.

On October 18, 2015 at about 6 PM the Prescott Valley Police Department responded to a report of a vehicle collision in a residential area of 8700 E Manley Drive in Prescott Valley. Through investigation, officers later learned this was the scene of a homicide. Investigators were able to identify a suspect who was taken into custody without incident.  At this time suspect identification is not being released due to potentially compromising the investigation.

The victim was transported to the Yavapai Medical Examiner for additional investigation. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the family. The Prescott Valley Police Department would like to assure the public that this is an isolated incident and the suspect has been taken into custody. 

Investigators are continuing to gather information and are currently working on every possible lead into this case. The Prescott Valley Police Department is still asking for anyone with any information about this case to contact the Prescott Valley Police Department at (928) 772-9267 or 911 for emergencies, or Yavapai Silent Witness 1-800-932-3232. 

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