Police Arrest Suspect in Death of Tempe Teen’s Body Found In Bonfire Pile

Police has arrested a suspect in the case of a body found in a Tonto National Forest bonfire pile last month.

On Thursday, authorities announced that Anthonie Ruinard, 37, was booked on multiple counts, including first-degree murder, for the death of Parker League, 18 years old. His bond was set at $2 million.

The Tempe teen had been reported missing prior to his body being found on June 12 in the remote desert just northeast of Phoenix.

League was last seen alive in footage on June 6 at a Chandler gas station. He was seen on video leaving with Ruinard in a black Dodge Challenger.

Throughout an investigation, detectives were able to access surveillance video from multiple locations where League’s credit card had been used to identify Ruinard as the suspect.

MCSO reported that detectives served a search warrant at Ruinard house and seized multiple items. Forensic evidence from the Dodge was tested and found to match League’s DNA.

On Wednesday, MCSO’s Fugitive Apprehension Tactical Enforcement Unit (FATE) arrested Ruinard. He was booked into Maricopa County jail for first murder as well as charges related to drugs, weapons, and credit card fraud.

In a MCSO press statement released, “This is another example of great investigative work by our detectives and why our FATE Unit is such a crucial component for public safety in the apprehension of these violent criminals from our communities,” said Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone.