Buckeye police detectives arrested Joshua Escoto-Cisneros, 28, and charged him with killing a woman last year.
On April 10, 2019, Buckeye officers responded to the Robbins Butte Wildlife area west of State Route 85 near Robbins Butte Game Road regarding a partially buried body. Witnesses found the body while walking their dogs on a stop along their way to California.
Police later identified the body as Marisa Bell, who had been reported missing in Nevada but was known to be living in the Phoenix area.
Detectives arrested Escoto-Cisneros May 12 and brought him to the Buckeye Police Department for questioning.
“Escoto-Cisneros admitted to murdering Bell and later disposing of her body and belongings. The two were very casual acquaintances,” said Donna Rossi, a Buckeye Police spokeswoman.
Escoto-Cisneros was booked into the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail on second-degree murder, tampering with evidence, concealing a dead body and other charges.