An Arizona man and his mother have been taken into custody by authorities after the man allegedly murdered his father, dismembered the body, and set it on fire, with the assistance of his mother.
The incident unfolded on July 24, around 1:45 a.m., when the Casa Grande Fire Department responded to a fire call in Casa Grande. Upon arriving, they noticed a person running from the scene.
Despite orders to stop, the individual continued to flee. Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire inside a 55-gallon metal barrel, where they discovered what appeared to be human remains.
The Casa Grande Police Department subsequently arrived at the location to investigate the matter. At approximately 2:15 a.m., they received a 911 call from 32-year-old Christopher Chase, who allegedly confessed to burning a body and fleeing when the fire department arrived.
He had sought refuge in another home in Casa Grande, where he reportedly held three individuals at gunpoint, demanding their car keys.
However, he later called 911 to turn himself in, and fortunately, none of the victims sustained physical injuries during the incident.
The authorities’ investigation revealed that Christopher Chase and his father, Thomas Chase, had engaged in a physical altercation on July 22, during which Christopher allegedly shot and killed his father.
After the shooting, Melissa Chase, Christopher’s mother, reportedly assisted in concealing and cleaning up the evidence.
Christopher Chase has been charged with murder, abandonment/concealment of a dead body, kidnapping, aggravated assault, burglary, and tampering with evidence.
Melissa Chase faces charges of abandonment/concealment of a dead body and tampering with evidence as well. Both have been taken to the Pinal County Adult Detention Center.
The investigation is still ongoing, and the precise cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner’s office.