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Arrest made after missing teen found in bonfire pit

A Nebraska teenager's visit to Arizona ends in a horrifying tragedy, with a suspect now behind bars.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has recently unveiled the shocking details of the brutal murder of a teenager from Nebraska. The victim, an 18-year-old named Parker League, had just completed his high school education in Nebraska and was in Arizona to visit friends. His family raised the alarm on June 14, after their attempts to contact him proved futile.

According to AZ Family, the authorities have apprehended a suspect, 37-year-old Anthonie Ruinard. He was taken into custody on Wednesday and is now facing charges of first-degree murder, with bail set at $2 million.

Unraveling the Mystery: The Victim's Last Known Moments

The court records paint a chilling picture of League's last hours. He was seen being dropped off at a Phoenix club just after midnight on June 11. Approximately two and a half hours later, Ruinard and his girlfriend made their appearance at the same club. The trio was seen leaving the club together around 3:45 a.m. At around 4:30 a.m., Ruinard and League were captured on surveillance video arriving at a Chandler Arco gas station parking lot.

"This is the last time Parker was seen alive,"

said the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

The Gruesome Discovery: A Body in a Bonfire Pit

On the morning of June 12, around 7 a.m., deputies made a horrifying discovery. League’s body was found in a burn pile in a location known as “The Pit” in the off-highway vehicle area of BullDog Canyon, east of State Route 88 and Lost Dutchman State Park. Investigators reported that his head and hands had been severed and were found next to his legs. The body was so badly burned that it was unrecognizable. Dental records were used to confirm the identity of the victim. The Medical Examiner’s Office reported that League had been stabbed multiple times in the back.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has not confirmed whether the body was burned inside the bonfire pit or the state of the remains.

Investigation Leads to Suspect: Anthonie Ruinard

On June 22, Ruinard’s residence in a gated community near Arizona Avenue and Hunt Highway was searched. According to the MCSO, detectives seized about 2 pounds of cocaine and about 1 pound 8 ounces of cocaine base. They also discovered the Challenger, where a blood stain the size of a basketball was found inside the trunk. The blood was confirmed to be League’s, according to court documents.

"MCSO said while detectives searched the house, they noticed a 10 feet by 15 feet section of carpet was missing from the bedroom floor."

Ruinard and his wife claimed it was removed due to an additional room being built in the bedroom. The Tesla Model X was also searched, and the MCSO reported finding a laptop bag containing four 1-gram baggies of cocaine and a rifle, which Ruinard was prohibited from possessing.

Ruinard's Claims and the Unanswered Questions

Court documents reveal that Ruinard told detectives that League sold him his debit cards for $500, which he discarded after using.

Ruinard also alleged that League attempted to sell him a Nissan sedan for $1,500, but he was unable to purchase it due to lack of funds. Court records indicate that Ruinard confessed to using cocaine and marijuana prior to meeting with League on June 11, which “may have blurred his memory.”

Ruinard continued that after he and League left the Chandler Arco, he dropped League off at a nearby business. However, court documents reveal that no surveillance video supports this claim. Detectives did confirm that he used his gate code for his community shortly after leaving the Arco. Despite extensive searches, the location of League's murder remains unclear. The court documents also do not provide a motive for the crime. Ruinard was incarcerated on charges of first-degree murder, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of equipment and chemicals for drug production, theft of a credit card, fraudulent use of a credit card, possession of a weapon by a prohibited possessor, and concealing a body.


  • A Nebraska teenager, Parker League, was found brutally murdered in Arizona.
  • Anthonie Ruinard, the main suspect, is currently in custody facing a multitude of charges.
  • League was last seen alive with Ruinard on surveillance footage at a gas station.
  • League's body was discovered in a burn pile, with his head and hands severed and multiple stab wounds in his back.
  • A search of Ruinard's house revealed drugs, a blood spot in a car trunk matching League's blood, and a missing section of carpet.
  • Ruinard claimed that League sold him his debit cards and attempted to sell him a car, but no surveillance footage supports his claims.

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Written By: Rampart Stonebridge

I'm Rampart Stonebridge, a curious and passionate writer who can't get enough of true crime. As a criminal investigative journalist, I put on my detective hat, delving deep into each case to reveal the hidden truths. My mission? To share engaging stories and shed light on the complexities of our mysterious world, all while satisfying your curiosity about the intriguing realm of true crime.
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