Suspected Kid-Diddler Found Dead in Pool. Cops Think Suicide

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Phoenix police found the body of a man in the bottom of his pool last night who just happened to be a suspected kid-diddler.

Phoenix Sergeant Steve Martos tells New Times that detectives went to the Phoenix home of 58-year-old James Ziarnick about 9 p.m. yesterday to talk to him about an investigation into allegations that he had sexual conduct with an 11-year-old girl.

When police got to the house, they rang the doorbell and attempted to call Ziarnick on the phone. Ziarnick didn't respond to any of the detectives attempts to contact him.

Police entered Ziarnick's backyard -- and that's when they found him dead at the bottom of his pool.

It apparently wasn't drowning in his pool that did in Ziarnick -- he also sustained a fatal gunshot wound.

"We believe this to be a suicide, though the final determination remains the responsibility of the Medical Examiners Officers," Martos says.

The investigation into the death is ongoing, Martos says. Check back for updates. 
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Co Night Angel
Co Night Angel

I dont know if you guys realize this or not or even care but do you realize that this man has a 82 year old mother that when she found out she could have had a heart attack and dies...That this man has a daughter that he abused but is devestated about this and he also has a son that is in Pueblo CO that was a sniper for the Marine Corp who has PTSD at the VA hospital??? I agree he was a scumbag....But not everything is always about the perpatrator.....Sometimes the family of them should be thought about also....Just a thought

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

Sounds like someone enforced his own justice on this scumbag.  All child molesters should get the same treatment, the government sure as hell won't protect us from these creeps.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Shot three times in the back of the head. Yep, damn sure suicide. Worst case they've ever seen. (Cynical remark)

Andrea
Andrea

What about the daughter he was molesting, violating, and the school where she went... He hung around there too.... THIS DUMBAS* Deserved what he got even if it was someone else who did it... His family should have taken his children from him, if they were in fact "FAMILY"

Eleanor
Eleanor

Tommy, you forgot after he shot himself three times he then jumped in the pool to make sure he didn't live.  

ms. z
ms. z

i am sure his family didn't know... think before you speak

Jason
Jason

Where in the story does it say he shot himself three times? He sustained a fatal gunshot wound, and probably fell into his pool. For all we know, this scumbag could've been murdered.  

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Yep, not only did he drown, but he killed himself, too...

ms. z
ms. z

do you know around what time you heard the gunshot? it would really help me out

cesar
cesar

it was just one gun shot i live a couple houses down from him he was in the pool when he shit him self the gun was found at the bottom of the pool as well.

Eleanor
Eleanor

Read Tommy's comment. 

Mistalee
Mistalee

Up there with the woman who allegedly ran over herself with her SUV, in the middle of the road. No witnesses, but we conclude it must have somehow been self-inflicted. I still haven't figured out the mechanics of how you could do that if you wanted to.

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