On January 16th, 2011 at 11:42 a.m. a hunter was in the area of East Florence Kelvin Highway near State Route 177, Kearny when he discovered a body inside of a toolbox.
Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Homicide Detectives responded and began the investigation. The “Delta” toolbox was partially buried in the ground. Inside of the toolbox, detectives located the decomposing body of an adult male. The male was middle aged and the body had obvious signs of trauma.
The body was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The manner of death was ruled as a homicide by the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Homicide Detectives followed up on every lead which they received related to this case. The investigation revealed the motive in the case was apparently related to a drug debt. Allegedly Paul Goga and Gilbert Evora devised a plan to kill the victim. Allegedly Goga drove the victim to a residence in the 200 block of Hartford Street in Kearny where Evora was waiting inside with a baseball bat. Once inside, the victim was allegedly beaten with the bat by Evora and kicked by Goga until he died from his injuries.
The victim was then wrapped in plastic and placed in the toolbox. Allegedly Javier Santos and Joshua McGuire agreed to take the toolbox which contained the body to the remote desert area near Kearny and bury it.
It is estimated the victim was murdered and buried sometime between March and November of 2009.
Paul Goga and Gilbert Evora are currently in custody and are facing First Degree Murder charges.
Javier Santos and Joshua McGuire are currently in custody and facing 1stDegree Hindering and Abandonment or Concealment of a Dead Body.
Homicide Detectives are still working to try and determine the identity of the victim.
Sheriff Paul Babeu, “Homicide Detectives never gave up on this case and were determined to find out who committed this gruesome murder. Our detectives started with only physical evidence on this case and after continuously working it four people are in custody and will remain there for years to come.”