Bodies found believed to be missing Phoenix-area couple

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Authorities Find Bodies in Search for Missing Arizona Couple

MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in Arizona say two bodies recovered on a property in Maricopa are believed to be a Phoenix-area couple missing for more than a week, and a suspect is in custody.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said in a statement early Thursday that the bodies of a man and a woman recovered at a property on West Papago Road are believed to be Mike and Tina Careccia.

Babeu says a man who lives at the property is in custody. No additional information was immediately released.

Authorities said Michael Careccia, 44, and his wife, Tina, haven't been seen since they left their home in their car about 5 a.m. on June 22. Maricopa is about 30 miles south of Phoenix.

The man's teenage son called 911 about 7:15 that night to report his father and stepmother were missing.

The couple's abandoned car was later found about a half-mile away from their home, covered in dirt.

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Authorities in Arizona questioned a "person of interest" Wednesday night in the case of a Phoenix-area couple missing for more than a week.

Pinal County sheriff's officials didn't immediately release any information about the man and said he wasn't under arrest.

Hours earlier, sheriff's officials served a search warrant at a home blocks from the Maricopa residence of the missing couple and deputies were seen digging on the property. The city of Maricopa is about 30 miles south of Phoenix.

"Due to the nature of the investigation and the critical juncture we find ourselves at, we are not able to share more details at time," Sheriff Paul Babeu said in a statement.

Babeu had said Tuesday that investigators have evidence that suggests foul play in the case but he couldn't release any details because of the ongoing nature of the investigation.

Authorities said Michael Careccia, 44, and his wife, Tina, haven't been seen since they left their home in their car about 5 a.m. on June 22. Maricopa is about 30 miles south of Phoenix.

The man's teenage son called 911 about 7:15 that night to report his father and stepmother were missing.

The couple's abandoned car was later found about a half-mile away from their home, covered in dirt.

Tina Careccia, 42, is an accountant at a Chandler construction company and her husband is a pilot, according to authorities.

Investigators said there has been no activity associated with the couple's phones, bank accounts, credit cards or social media accounts since they went missing.

Search and rescue teams have gone door to door in the town located about 35 miles south of Phoenix in an attempt to try to get more information about the couple.

Ground and air searches have been conducted in addition to the use of dogs to try to track their scent, said sheriff's spokesman Mark Clark.

Volunteers, including a paraglider, also have assisted in the search.

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