Paul Babeu Jumps to Apparently Wrong Conclusion: Tempe Cops Say Five Burned Bodies in Vekol Valley Resulted from Murder-Suicide, Not Drug-Cartel Activity

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The vehicle registered to a Tempe address found in Vekol Valley this weekend with five charred bodies.

Five bodies were found burned inside an SUV in the Vekol Valley this weekend, and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu was quick to make his assumptions about what happened  public on Facebook.

According to the embattled sheriff, the burned bodies probably were the work of a "violent drug cartel." Babeu added, "The border is NOT more secure than ever, Ms. Napolitano!"

Tempe police have just informed us that the vehicle is registered to the address of a missing family from their city. Tempe police are calling it a "family murder/suicide."

Remember, it was the Vekol Valley where then-Pinal County Deputy Louie Puroll claimed he had been shot by drug smugglers, which Babeu took to heart since it backed what he had been saying with no proof for years -- that his county would be the scene of a violent confrontation with Mexican drug smugglers. Babeu later fired the guy after he claimed an acquaintance had threatened to kill New Times writer Paul Rubin, who had written an article questioning the accuracy of Puroll's claims.

Read exactly what Tempe police said below:

On June 4, 2012, at approximately 2:00 p.m., Tempe Police were called to a residence in the 9300 block of S. Kenneth Place, Tempe, AZ  85284.
 
A family acquaintance advised that the Butwin family members who lived at that residence were missing. During their investigation, Tempe Investigators discovered suspicious and concerning evidence inside the home. The family vehicle was missing.  Based on the evidence, detectives pursued this incident as a Murder-Suicide investigation.
 
Soon after the investigation began yesterday afternoon, Tempe PD alerted Pinal County about the missing vehicle and family. 
 
Late this morning Tempe Police were advised by Pinal County Sheriff's Office that a vehicle found in the Vekol Valley in Pinal County with the remains of five victims was, in fact, the missing vehicle registered to the residence on Kenneth Place.
 
At this time, the subjects located inside the vehicle have not been identified. This continues to be an ongoing investigation. We do not believe there are any outstanding suspects involved in this case.

We just received this e-mail minutes ago, and Tempe police didn't immediately return a voicemail from New Times.

According to what the Pinal County Sheriff's Office says today, the Ford SUV was spotted by a Border Patrol agent earlier that morning. The agent went after the SUV but couldn't catch up.

About four hours later, the vehicle was found torched, with five charred bodies inside.

Four of the people were in the rear compartment of the vehicle, while one person was in the second-row seat.

"The area had several shoe prints and also 'sleepy feet' (shoes made of carpet remnants or burlap by smugglers to hide their footprints)," the Sheriff's Office said.

The Sheriff's Office said a call came in from an "individual who asked to remain anonymous," and here's how they say that went down:

The individual reported that he feared his brother-in-law was among the dead. The brother-in-law had told him the night before that he was "going to Vekol Valley to make money." The brother-in-law had left to Vekol Valley with four other acquaintances. Homicide detectives asked the reporting party if his brother-in-law was involved in drug or human smuggling and he said he didn't get involved in his business but he "knows its illegal." The reporting party said that when he tries to call his brother-in-law or his friends on their cell phones they go straight to voicemail.

On Sunday, a homicide detective again spoke with the reporting party who told us he still has been not able to get in touch with his brother-in-law or his acquaintances. The five men were last seen driving in a Ford SUV. Homicide detectives are also not able to locate the brother-in-law either. PCSO knows the names of the family members involved including those who are missing, but we've been asked to withhold as the family fears possible retaliation from the drug cartel.

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59 comments
ernie lopez
ernie lopez

maybe he needs dick.   what a ass.  bottom boy need to quit being a sherrif. he's unprofessiional and a very bad candidate to represnt Pinal Co. Come on pinal, elect this fag out

Doubter
Doubter

Can Pinal citizens expect proof of these phone calls-- I wouldn't be surprised to learn that there were no such phone calls.

Joseph
Joseph

This officer clearly has some real personal issues. And a real 'flare' for the dramatic  

Vigillante
Vigillante

A Rip Crew of Arizona Sheriffs Pals/Vigilantes? How about a real Investigation, and maybe even some "Truth"? Many Arizona Sheriffs seem to be pals with some very Bad Elements? Killing Illegals isn't even a crime in Arizona. If you have brown or too tanned of skin, you better be very careful where you travel in Arizona, even with your entire Family? A lot of Dirty Things are going on in this Police State. Kill any Mexican you want, and set it up to look like "Drug Cartels." Then anything goes? To: True Justice for all.

John
John

 I doubt it, given the fact that the Pima County Sheriff in his press release a month after the fact called it just another ''rib off crew attempt'' staffed by Mexicans because they hollered ''Alto'' when attempting to stop the PU..to rip it off.  Of course we know that excepting for Babeu, not another sheriff in the state would be so dumb as to think a rib crew ? made up of Spanish speakers, would use ''Alto'', and as their only voice command, to stop a smugglers load.  So it appears to me that perhaps the Pima Co. Sheriff didn't want his border nexus money wagon to dry up......

Nicholsdaves
Nicholsdaves

I sure hope that "Real Investigators" are investigating the Murdered Immigrants in Eloy, a couple of months ago ambushed by Camauflaged Men? Please tell me some one other than Corrupt Bungling Babeu is investigating? To: Justice.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Wait! It was a murder suicide that used a cartel as the instrument of death and disposal. They were simply driven into a cartel meeting as the cartel bad guys were checking their cell phones for texted hit contracts on various elected lawmen. Still qualifies as cartel violence and this new finding shows that Babeu is in danger of a $5m contract and needs about $5m to protect himself.

Nicholsdaves
Nicholsdaves

Chicken Little?

The Puroll "Big Shoot out in the Desert" Went Viral on World Wide News catapulting Babeu into the Media Sptlight.  Even after it turned out to be a Hoax by Pinal County Sheriffs, Babeu loved his new Fame.

He jumped at this burned S.U.V. calling all the Media, and yes, once again this Media Whore got it to go Viral on World Wide News.

Yes once again the sky is falling!

This Guy is a Moron!

Blame it on Mexico syndrome?

To: Arizona Drama Queen heriffs, gotta love em?

teknik1200
teknik1200

to me this simply illustrates the white wash Baboon did in his investigation of Sherif Joe.

He has shown he'll do anything for publicity and he has no shame when it comes to misleading the public.

TheTruth
TheTruth

Babeu you cant be a queer and rebuplican too.he was so excited to be on tv acting as if he's been right all along.not to mention he'd probably sell his soul at this point to have people forget his recent exploits and shady past that has been dragged into the light.this guy just reeks of bullshit.I find it funny how so many of these right wing coservative christain republicans turn out to be the biggest hypocrites and closet cases

Church Lady
Church Lady

Babeu is giving Cartels a bad name.  Secretly, Henry is laughing his ass office.  Verkol Valley has claimed another victim, Sheriff Paul Babeu's career. 

NorthAdamsRemembers
NorthAdamsRemembers

Liar, liar, pants on fire!

Not only did the Babeu fear-mongering backfire on him, he hangs with the story about the missing borther-in-law and his four friends that went to do "illegal" things in the Vekol area.

Made up crime story number one has been deflated.  Real (non-border-related) crime story number two from Tempe PD makes sense.

Now what is the Goober Sheriff gonna do?  He is still missing five bodies/suspects. Damn, crime fighting can get tough for the inexperienced.  Don't worry, Babeu. After December 31 you can lighten up  and quit the acting.

daddio
daddio

Another brilliant move by the Tea bagr Sheriff. What a fool he and those who vote for him are.

Pinal Citizen
Pinal Citizen

As a two year resident of Pinal County, I will be appalled if Sheriff Studboi is re-elected here in November.
I hope the news media will continue to expose Babeu for the corrupt liar that he is and to counter his bullshit propaganda. Sheriff Studboi has given us so much un-professional and corrupt behavior that can be used to end his career here forever.
Good job New Times. Keep up the good work.

YESIIR
YESIIR

MORE MIS INFORMATION ON THE PINAL SHERIFFS OFFICE NO SUPRISE QUICK TO POINT FINGERS THEN WHEN CONFRONTED THAT HIS COMMENTS WERE OFF BASE HE HAS NO COMMENT. WHAT A JOKE !  PROBABLY POSTING PICTURES OF HIMSELF ON THE INTERNET AGAIN !!

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

Remember Hitler? He too used fear to obtain political power.

Puroll and SB 1070?

Burnt Soccer Mom SUV and Reelection as Sheriff?

Comeon man, you fuckers in Pinal County voted him in!

Wanumba
Wanumba

Ooops...guess it wasn't them evil messicans after all.  And Babeau and the JT Ready types were sooooo itching to go out and kill someone....

Dumpster Diver
Dumpster Diver

Churf Loosey  Goosey,he can only see Mexicans.esphchilly cute ones with big chorriso.

Babeu Sucks
Babeu Sucks

If you're going to lose your job should Babeu get the boot, you're on his sign crew!

sveny
sveny

It's not the fact that Babeu likes to suck dick that I have an issue with...it's the fact that he just got caught lying to the public and has proven once more to be dishonest and deceitful beyond limit. He will apparently do anything for public office.  And then there's the incompetence issue..........

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

You've just described the MCSO shurf in perfect detail...

Guest
Guest

Babeu For Sheriff signs popping up all over now....I spotted his sign crew followers pounding in stakes and hanging them in Casa Grande...they are just begging to be altered.

John
John

 Perhaps ''sign bangers'' would be a better term for his sign crew, as they drive those ''7'' inch stakes into ''tight'' turf.......

Church Lady
Church Lady

Thanks to all our Homicide detectives who are investigating this alarming 5 person murder and the torching of the vehicle (likely in an effort to destroy evidence). All information is pointing that this is connected to the violent drug car...tel smuggling in this high smuggling area. We have been working closely with ICE, US Border Patrol and other local law enforcement to fight back against the drug cartel smuggling. The border is NOT more secure than ever Ms. Napolitano!   Babeu facebbok.   Babeu really has a hard on for the cartel boys.  

If you visit Babeu's website, he is handing out checks to everyone!   
 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Was that Louis Gomer involved?  The guy that faked a shootout with an invisible cartle that Babeu gave him award for?

Hock
Hock

Didn't J.T. Ready's facebook page say he was killed by "narco-terrorists"?  I see a pattern.

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

JT Ready was a fan of patroling the Pinal County desert, with his sissy brigade of rambo wanna-be's! For a long time mysterious camoflauged gunmen were shooting at and murdering Hispanics in the desert! His sissy brigade is still out there, one of his buddies was caught driving down the highway with several pipe bombs, is in prison today, now they have been finding flash light bombs laying around Maricopa County who knows what cowards will do in dark of night!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 JT Ready was killed by his own pure stupidity and hatred.

John
John

 No!  the Mexican Cartels got him....I read it on his page.   lol

teknik1200
teknik1200

the GOP lie?

NEVER they are superiorly moral!!

they can did no wrongs!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Babeu likes to solve crimes before he looks at the evidence. Typically a rookie mistake.

Nicholsdaves
Nicholsdaves

Babeu just wanted to be in the World Wide Spotlight again so Bad!

Then Daddy Mc Cain would hug  him again, and once again say: "Now you are one of us."

Poor little Bababooby.

Church Lady
Church Lady

Babeu is getting beat up on channel 12.  Babeu is taking a beating like Bobby White in the photo above

Church Lady
Church Lady

The inexperience is killing him.  He needs to back to bike patrol with training wheels. 

NorthAdamsRemembers
NorthAdamsRemembers

 Paul was really more of a sissy growing up in North Adams. Didn't play sports. Nothing.

He would have never qualified for the bike unit at CPD. First, you've gotta have the basic police skills figured put and second, it is really hard to pedal a bicycle while sitting sidesaddle. We won't get into the problem he would have getting a broken nail when shifting gears.

azbluesgal
azbluesgal

i think you are giving him more credit than his feeble brain can comprehend.

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

Babeu just shows more and more each day how lame he is. Anymore conspiracy theories?

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Sure sounds like the Bald Bunion has been over on Snorin Alliance and Intellectual Conservative.

Or maybe he's been listening to disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce and Candy Andy Thomas...

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

He is like his daddy Arpaio when all else fails its them Mexican criminals fault! I do believe the pink undie brigade commander Arpaio and his wanna-be heir apparent do fit one another quite well, wonder if one day Arpaio will have books, movies written on him like the late disgraced J Edgar Hoover did? Time will tell, history is something one cannot control from the grave!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

PSO finds a burned out car, and before checking things like the VIN number, Paulie BaldBoi says it was a drug cartel.  ZERO police work by PCSO.  Were they trained by MCSO?

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Apparently. This reeks of MCSO shurf malfeasance...

Just
Just

Does this churl ever stop the LIES????? And, why is it that the 'reporters'
at the press conference didn't ask REAL questions, they let the bald bunion LIE
like he does with his lovers, on the bottom, ugh.

The truth is no where in or near this 'man' anytime he has a mic or
something else bigger than a pinkie close to his mouth, and, worse than his
LIES are those gullible old people and bigots in Pinal Country who will not hear
the TRUTH, but, only recall stud-boi-'top' 5.0 inches to the rescue, this state is too
much and the too many voters have had too much gin and sun.

Ddesertdawg
Ddesertdawg

As usual, Baboo brings out his Inspector Clouseau secret decoder ring and botches another storyline. Only thing missing was a mirror and his cell phone camera.

StopTheHate
StopTheHate

This is how the crack law enforcement works in Arizona. They come up with a solution to a crime and then try to make the evidence support it.  Just ask the people that Arpaio tried to destroy with trumped-up charges.  Oh... and I remember your Senator John McCain standing up in front of the country blaming illegals for the devastating wildfires, and then we found out it was two American campers that started it.

John
John

 But Glenn Spencer has the ''proof'' in pictures!!!   Bunch of dumb asses the whole Damn lot!

ben knight
ben knight

Jesus, the more I read about this the better it gets. The numb-nuts Babeu obviously had good reason to put 2 and 2 together and at least consider that the crime scene might have been related to the Tempe incident. What is wrong with these people????

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

This is the same Paul Babeu that can't keep his manhood in his pants (literally). And yet he's squawking about border security and drug cartels..

What Babeu needs to do is leave office. Either through recall, being voted out in November, by criminal indictment, or by resigning. He has repeatedly shown he is not qualified to run a Sheriff's Office at all.

ben knight
ben knight

If dumb-ass local reporters (not you guys; you know which I mean) had asked basic reporting questions, red flags would have been raised from the start. Especially: If this was a drug-cartel execution of 5 people in a car, how was it done? Why were there no bullet holes? How in the world do you execute 5 people in a car without using bullets (if you set the car on fire they will find a way to jump out, no?) Also, what about the reports, given instant credibility by lame media, that a Border Patrol vehicle was in pursuit of this vehicle before it was found? Jesus, it's Reporting 101!

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

One could speculate on the victims race, whether they were tied up in vehicle unable to escape a fire, one thing for sure so far it seems the law enforcement is doing nothing but speculation!

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