- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police say distinctive tire prints provided incriminating evidence against a 28-year-old man arrested in the death of an acquaintance whose burning body was found in a vacant home’s backyard.

Police say detectives found prints from a vehicle with two different tire styles in dirt where the body of Niza Ventura Valenzuela was found early Sunday morning.

According to police, Valenzuela went to a party with a woman and the woman’s friend and roommate, Hector Manuel Sarty-Aceves (ah-SEH’-vays).

Police say the second woman said Sarty-Aceves dropped her off and was going to take Valenzuela home. Police also say distinctive tire tread on Sarty-Aceves’ vehicle resembles the tire impressions left at the scene.

Sarty-Aceves remains jailed on suspicion of second-degree murder. He didn’t have an attorney during an initial court appearance.

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