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10/19/2013 9:27:00 PM
Mayer murder suspect found dead in truck near Granite Dells
William Hewitt
William Hewitt
Prescott Valley Tribune

The search for William Hewitt, 29, of Mayer - the man whom Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies were seeking as a suspect for murder - ended Saturday evening.

Just before 6 p.m., a deputy found Hewitt's vehicle in an area near Highway 89A and the Granite Dells Parkway, according to a news release. Upon approach, "Hewitt was found dead inside the vehicle from an apparent gunshot wound."

Earlier Saturday, the YCSO in a news release unofficially identified the woman killed in Mayer Friday as Kristina Webb, 38.

Deputies, acting on information they received about 10:30 Friday morning that Hewitt may have killed an adult female, began a search and discovered Webb's body at about 1:30 p.m., YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

Deputies found she had suffered a fatal gunshot wound.

Hewitt was Webb's boyfriend and lived with Webb and her 5-year-old-son in the Mayer area. Detectives have not released the exact location where Webb died. Webb's 5-year-old son was present when Hewitt killed his mother, D'Evelyn said. The child is currently in protective custody.

Deputies on Friday issued a warrant for Hewitt's arrest. He was last seen Friday driving the tan 1979 Ford pickup truck in which he was found Saturday.

It was originally reported that the truck bore faded Humboldt Unified School

District emblems on the side. Deputies released photos Saturday of the truck, submitted by law enforcement sources taken previously unrelated to this investigation, that show it in fact bears Chino Valley School District logos.

D'Evelyn said the Sheriff's Office has received numerous calls about the homicide.

Watch PVtrib.com for updates on this story.

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