PCSO detectives solve toolbox homicide case

PCSO detectives solve toolbox homicide case

CREATED Nov. 2, 2012

Web Producer: Mekita Rivas

FLORENCE, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - In January 2011, a hunter discovered a decomposing body inside of a toolbox in the area of East Florence Kelvin Highway near State Route 177. Deputies announced Friday that this case has been solved. 

Upon beginning their investigation, detectives learned that the body belonged to a middle-aged male and had obvious signs of trauma. Once the medical examiner's office ruled that the death was a homicide, detectives followed up on every lead they received about the case.

Ultimately, they found out that the motive was related to a drug debt. 

Paul Goga and Gilbert Evora devised a plan to kill the victim. Goga drove the victim to a residence in the 200 block of Hartford Street in Kearny where Evora was waiting inside with a baseball bat. Once inside, the victim was beaten with the bat by Evora and kicked by Goga until he died from his injuries. The victim was then wrapped in plastic and placed in the toolbox. Javier Santos and Joshua McGuire agreed to take the toolbox to the remote desert area near Kearny and bury it.

In a news release, Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Tim Gaffney said that the victim is estimated to have been murdered and buried sometime between March and November of 2009.

Paul Goga and Gilbert Evora are currently in custody and are facing first degree murder charges.

Javier Santos and Joshua McGuire are currently in custody and facing first degree hindering and abandonment or concealment of a dead body charges. 

"Homicide Detectives never gave up on this case and were determined to find out who committed this gruesome murder," said Sheriff Paul Babeu in a news release. "Our detectives started with only physical evidence on this case and after continuously working it four people are in custody and will remain there for years to come."