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BELLINGHAM, Wash. -

(AP) - Police say an inmate at a jail north of Seattle in Bellingham has led officers to a body buried in a vacant lot behind an Arizona drugstore.
    
The Bellingham Herald reported Thursday that 22-year-old Craig Strong spoke with police months ago on the day he was arraigned on local charges of possessing stolen guns and violating a no-contact order.
    
Police say Strong told them where they would find the body of former Bellingham resident 54-year-old Darren Van Eaton, and human remains were excavated near a CVS Pharmacy in Phoenix.
    
Detectives believe Van Eaton was killed and buried there in December 2014. Police say Strong admitted to "being present" for the crime.
    
Phoenix police say a 24-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing Van Eaton's $1,500-a-month Social Security bank deposits.
    
Authorities are still investigating.
    
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Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com

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5/11/2017 6:01:16 PM (GMT -7:00)

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