Earlier this week, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office booked a man into the Coconino County Detention Facility in connection with the death of an 87-year-old resident of Sun City, whose body was discovered in August.
On Aug. 19, Alan Avery’s body was found along a stretch of State Route 89A through the Oak Creek Canyon switchbacks.
Michael Wyffels, a 55-year-old man also from Sun City, was arrested in Beaverton, Oregon by law enforcement in August on charges of credit card fraud. Wyffels previously plead guilty in 2016 to three charges, including aggravated assault, for an arrest in Yavapai County while listed with a Lake Oswego, Oregon address. Wyffels was sentenced to four years in prison following his guilty plea in October 2016, with credit for time served.
The Sheriff's Office identified Wyffels after tracking purchases he made using Avery’s credit card along 89A before and after Avery’s body was found. This included video surveillance of Wyffels buying items and using ATMs along 89A with Avery’s credit card.
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The Sheriff’s Office used the purchases on the card to track Wyffels to Oregon, and then worked with local authorities to find and arrest the man.
On Tuesday, Wyffels was brought back to Coconino County and charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and the theft of a vehicle, according to a media release.
During the investigation, detectives found that Wyffels had been released from the Arizona Department of Corrections on Aug. 16, one day prior to the murder of Avery.