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Surprise police: 3 found in truck were murdered

Ina Ronquillo

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Surprise police: 3 found in truck were murdered

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Jun 25, 2014

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Three charred bodies found in the back of a burned pickup truck in a remote area of Surprise have been identified and authorities say it's a homicide case.
   
Surprise police said Wednesday that the victims have been identified as 25-year-old Garth Tuffle of Phoenix, 41-year-old William Kling of Wittmann and 57-year-old Lisa Baker of Wittmann.
   
An autopsy by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office shows all three victims were shot before being burned.
   
The three bodies were found June 9 after Surprise firefighters responded to a vehicle fire near 219th Avenue and Sun Valley Parkway.
   
After the fire was extinguished, police say three bodies were found in the burned-out truck.
   
Police say they don't have any suspects in the case yet.

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Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.