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Human remains found in south Phoenix home identified

PHOENIX — Phoenix police have identified a set of human remains that were found in a suburban home.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson said Monday that the remains belong to 59-year-old Gary Lee Duffield and that investigators believe his death was a homicide.

No other information was released.

The remains were discovered earlier this month when police were called to a house in the Ahwatukee (ah-wha-TU’-kee) area of southeast Phoenix.

The home caught fire in March 2017 and a neighbor reported a resident missing.

Workers recently were sent to the house to clean it before it was rebuilt. They found what they initially thought were animal bones but then summoned police.