Bodies of two missing Arizonans found inside buried vehicle in Evansdale


Bodies of two missing Arizonans found inside buried vehicle in Evansdale

EVANSDALE, Iowa (KWWL) – The bodies of two presumed homicide victims out of Arizona have been found in Evansdale.

The Chino Valley Police Department in Arizona says that the bodies of David (“Nick”) Batten, 45, and Elissa Landry, 28 were found inside their car, buried on a property on Timber Oak Road.

Our KWWL crew is being told efforts are still underway to dig up the vehicle and collect more evidence.

On Thursday, KWWL reported that the FBI along with Black Hawk County authorities were searching and digging at an Evansdale property.

Batten and Landry are connected to Mitchel Mincks, who was arrested in Black Hawk County in April for violating probation.

According to AZcentral, police have reported that Batten was Landry’s stepfather. AZcentral has also reported that Landry was Mincks’ girlfriend.

The Chino Valley Police Department says official charges against Mincks and anyone who may have assisted him are pending coordination with county officials in Arizona and federal prosecutors.

Official confirmation of who was in the car in question won’t be made until after the medical examiner finishes the autopsies.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information related to the case.

This is a developing story, Stick with KWWL for updates.


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