Chief Deputy Chris Nanos advises on July 2, 2014, Sheriff’s Department Homicide detectives were in the desert area on Phillips Road west of Sierrita Mountain Road conducting follow-up on a missing person. During their investigation, they located a deceased male in an abandoned well approximately twenty five feet down.

He was later identified as 75-year-old William Sattler. He died from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Detectives from the Robbery/Assault Unit, Burglary Unit, and Night Detective Squad responded to assist the Homicide Unit. They served multiple search warrants at various locations. One person, identified as 51-year-old Donald Stewart was taken into custody for questioning. He was later transported to the Pima County Adult Detention Complex and booked on one count of First Degree Murder.

The Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Unit, Pima Regional Bomb Squad, and Northwest Fire Department assisted in extracting the victim out of the well.

The victim’s name will be released pending next of kin notification. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME.

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