An Arizona man, namely Patrick D. Nagel, 62, was arrested for killing his live-in girlfriend. Her body was discovered decomposing in a forested area.
The suspect is facing charges of murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is also charged with tampering with physical evidence.
Patrick abandoned the dead body Tika Young, 37, who he beat to death. He was also taken into custody after a traffic stop for consuming alcohol while operating a vehicle on Thursday, April 4.
He is reportedly being held in the Coconino County Jail on a secured bond of $1 million.
Her was found on March 30 at approx. 3:30 p.m. after deputies responded to a call about a "deceased body" at Bly Pit. It is a disposal area for wood products which is located in the Blue Ridge area.
According to the release, "The body had undergone some decomposition." Someone reportedly spotted part of her leg sticking out from a pile of debris, according to AZfamily.com.
As per the report, Patrick admitted that he struck his girlfriend several times in a bed and then transported her dead body to the area.
Amber Romero, a friend of Tika, told PEOPLE,
I always admired how tough she was. She was always respected. Nobody messed with her. That is why it is so shocking that something like this could happen to her. The idea that somebody could do this to her when nobody messed with her kind of kills me.
A week before Tika was found dead, Patrick reportedly reached out to Tika's estranged husband who he said that she had moved to California for treatments for chronic pain issues.
The victim's brother, Ian, said that Patrick had been impersonating his sister online after killing her.
Messages sent from Tika's Facebook account seemed out of character. Ian said, "The whole time we were getting stories. That’s a callous man to just lie, especially to my mother."
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