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Posted by: News_Desk on 01/24/2017 03:54 PM Updated by: News_Desk on 01/24/2017 03:54 PM
Expires: 01/01/2022 12:00 AM
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Human Remains Found In Arizona Likely Belonging To Calaveras County Man

Prescott, AZ...In June 2007, friends of 58-year-old Larry Powers reported him missing. Deputies learned that Powers had a joint mining claim outside of Bagdad, Arizona, with Anthony Richards, 44-years-old at the time. A missing person report had also been filed by Powers’ family members in California with the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office as Powers’ home is located in the town of Murphys, California. Purchases were discovered on Powers credit card which directly benefitted Richards. Powers’ family members expressed concerned about his wellbeing and suspected Richards of foul play. In the weeks that followed, more claims from Powers’ friends concerning his safety in light of his relationship with Richards were documented.



The investigation was eventually turned over to YCSO detectives and Cold Case investigators who developed a timeline of activity for the pair. Part of the timeline involved the criminal use of Powers’ identity by Richards to purchase merchandise using Larry Power’s credit card. Powers was declared as presumed dead by the California Superior Court in 2012.

A lengthy investigation over the next period of years involving YCSO detectives and cold case volunteers resulted in a 23 count indictment against Richards for charges including, Trafficking in Stolen Property belonging to Powers, Theft of a handgun belonging to Powers, Theft of a Credit Card belonging to Powers, Forgery, and 19 counts of Identity Theft for use of Powers’ credit to complete purchases in 3 different states. A majority of the charges were made following Powers’ reported disappearance. A warrant was issued and Richards was recently arrested in the Terrebonne, Oregon area pending extradition. On May 5, 2016, YCSO detectives transported him from Oregon to the Camp Verde Detention Center where he remains in-custody on a $100,000 bond.

Since the arrest of suspect Richards in May of 2016 for identity theft and fraud charges involving use of a credit card belonging to victim Powers, the YCSO Cold Case unit has been diligently working this case. Assigned to a YCSO detective who is overseeing the investigation, their goal has been to locate the victim’s body. Evidence gathered in recent years provided strong indications that Richards was the main suspect in the death of Powers. After finding what are believed to be the remains of Powers, it is expected to lead to homicide charges against Richards and some sense of closure for the victim’s family.

Detectives had developed strong indications Powers’ body would be found in the area of the remote mining claim that he and Richards were working outside of Bagdad, Arizona. As part of the ongoing follow-up last year, detectives flew a drone over the claim and noticed a depressed section in the soil that caught their attention. The initial excavation of this area revealed a camping chair and other supplies just below the surface leading detectives to consider a deeper, forensic based, dig. This subsequent excavation, completed a few days ago, yielded human remains believed to belong to victim Larry Powers. Detectives are currently working with the Medical Examiner to confirm the identity.

The lead detective noted a particular cold case investigator’s ‘dogged determination’ to see the case resolved as being one of the main factors in the success to date.

Richards remains in the Camp Verde Detention Center on the numerous fraud charges from his May 2016 arrest with a bond of $100,000. Further charges are expected and pending a confirmation of victim’s identity by the Medical Examiner.




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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-01-24 16:27:14   By: Anonymous
 
Cartel leader will never forget the truth about it. Unfortunately it has been a huge issue with this game!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-01-24 19:54:16   By: Anonymous
     
    What the hell are you smoking? Cartels?!

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-01-24 21:34:49   By: Anonymous
       
      What don't you want me for a good reason why? Cartels are the only thing that happened with the family!

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Looks like
Posted on: 2017-01-24 22:29:42   By: Anonymous
 
he got himself an 185 pounder there.

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    Re: Looks like
    Posted on: 2017-01-25 13:47:00   By: Anonymous
     
    Pepperoni flavored Power bait.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-01-25 06:22:33   By: Anonymous
 
Good work, but it took 10 years to check out the mining claim?!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-01-25 13:09:38   By: Anonymous
 
How is it that all you stupid fuc*s seem to come out of the woodwork when someone dies and make inappropriate comments?

LP was a friend of mine back in the '70's in Bear Valley. He was then and probably to the end a happy soul and trusted everyone.

Show some class asshats.

Bill Schmiett

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    Posted on: 2017-01-26 08:54:35   By: Anonymous
     
    Thank you Bill. For those of us that knew and befriended Larry, understood he was a kindred spirit with a love and respect for his fellow humans. It brings some closure to the mystery those of us that knew him always ask each other "Whatever happened to LP? Have you heard anything?" A sad end. RIP my brother.
    George Prest

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      Re:Larry Powers, Found
      Posted on: 2017-01-26 14:39:52   By: Anonymous
       
      Thank You George!
      From Larry's sister, Joan

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    Posted on: 2017-01-26 12:24:16   By: Anonymous
     
    I am sorry for the loss of your friend Bill. People seem to thinks it's okay to slander, belittle and hurt other people's feelings because they remain unknown hiding behind a computer without actually seeing how it does affect and truly hurt another person. These people are just sad, and if they find some pleasure making other people sad, then they must really just not like themselves. Though they may never admit this in the public eye, they will continue to talk *bleep* while remaining anonymous. This is horrible and back here in the "REAL WORLD" a man was killed! This is a very serious and sad ending to a Man's life. A possible Father, a Son, a Friend, Husband..? So, I am again so sorry for the loss of your loved one. This makes me want to spend more time with people I love, enjoy life, and be aware of the negative and hurtful people like ones that comment mean things. You are bad people and it shows. Rest in Peace Larry Powers may your justice be served. Bold Text

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      Posted on: 2017-01-26 12:26:10   By: Anonymous
       
      Ps. My Name is Tawni

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        Re: Larry Powers, Found
        Posted on: 2017-01-26 14:44:17   By: Anonymous
         
        Thank You Tawni!
        From Larry's sister, Joan

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    Re: Larry Powers, Found
    Posted on: 2017-01-26 14:38:51   By: Anonymous
     
    Thank You, Bill!
    From Larry's sister, Joan

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      Re: Larry Powers, Found
      Posted on: 2017-01-26 16:50:26   By: Anonymous
       
      Joan, please keep me posted about this. Many readers of the Cub Reporter knew Larry and will be interested to hear developments. I'd like to send a thank you note to YCSO for persistence (contact info?). And blessings to you for your tireless efforts to pursue the truth for my friend, your brother, Larry. He was an elemental spirit. Eric Jung

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        Re: Larry Powers, Found
        Posted on: 2017-01-26 16:53:52   By: Anonymous
         
        Thanks Eric ~ Will keep you posted.

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