The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office has found human remains that may be that of a man missing since 2007.
On April 9, 2007, Lawrence Powers, 58, was reported missing by his friends and family.
Anthony Richards, who was 44 when Powers disappeared, was arrested last year in Terrebonne, Ore., in connection with the theft of a credit card belonging to Powers and on several counts of identity theft, the Sheriff's Office said. Richards was transported on May 5, 2016, to the Camp Verde Detention Center, where he remains in custody with a $100,000 bond.
Powers and Richards were partners in the Big Nugget mining claim near Bagdad in Yavapai County and had been seen the day before Powers' disappearance in Stanton, the Sheriff's Office said.
The the Sheriff's Office began investigating Richards after receiving information about the two men and their business relationship.
A California Superior Court officially declared Powers dead in 2012, said officials. After several years of investigation, a 23-count indictment was returned against Richards, said the Sheriff's Office.
Officials said detectives believed Powers' body was near the mining claim.
In the follow-up investigation, detectives flew a drone over the mining claim and saw a depressed section in the soil, the Sheriff's Office said. Crews found camping supplies in the initial excavation and later found human remains.
Detectives are currently working with the Yavapai County Medical Examiner to identify the remains.
Officials ask anyone with information to contact Detective John Mc Dormett at 928-777-7334 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232.