Yavapai County Sheriff's Office detectives announced Dec. 8 in a "preliminary" report" that Chino Valley resident, Stella Streppa, 67, died from injuries sustained from blunt force trauma and multiple stab wounds. Officers found her dead at her home in the 900 block of Sonshine Lane the afternoon of Dec. 5.
Patrick Williams, 18, faces a murder charge in Streppa's death and remains in the Camp Verde Detention Center without the possibility of bond.
Officers reported that Williams has lived in Streppa's neighborhood in Chino Valley.
Officers found Streppa's body after conducting a welfare check at the request of a relative, who said family had not heard from her recently.
YCSO said that detectives will continue the investigation.
A Chino Valley man faces a murder charge after police conducted a welfare check on a Chino Valley woman and found her dead Sunday, just before 2 p.m.
Police arrested Patrick Williams, 18, early Monday and booked him into the Camp Verde Detention Center on one charge of murder in the death of Stella Streppa, 67.
Officers found Streppa dead in her home in the 900 block of Sonshine Lane. Despite the murder charge, YCSO Spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said the agency is not releasing the cause of death as of Monday, the Review's press time. An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death.
Deputies searched for Streppa's blue Chevy Silverado truck, issuing an "attempt to locate" bulletin to area law enforcement agencies. Late Sunday night, YCSO deputies, with Prescott Police assisting, found her truck in the city parking structure on south Granite Street in Prescott.
Detectives report that sometime last week, possibly Tuesday, Nov. 30, someone called 911 and spoke to Prescott Police dispatchers after seeing Williams in Streppa's truck.
After locating the truck on Sunday night, deputies then spotted Williams driving nearby in another vehicle, conducted a traffic stop, and detained him for detectives.
YCSO reports that Williams has lived in Streppa's neighborhood. Streppa was a long-time business woman in Chino Valley, owning and operating Mama Stella's Pizza.
Detectives would like to speak with the person who made the 911 call on Nov. 30. Anyone with information can call Det. Mike Poling at 771-3260.