The Cochise County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Sunizona man following the discovery of a man near an Elfrida ranch.
On Saturday October 16, approximately 10:45 am, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office was advised of a body located near Kuykendall Ranch northeast of Elfrida. Deputies arrived on scene and located the body of a male subject later identified as 50 year old James W Green on Sunizona.
The subject suffered major head trauma and was wrapped in a comforter. The information developed indicates that this body was dumped in the area between 8:00 am and 10:00 am.
The body has been transported to the Cochise County Medical Examiners Office for the completion of an autopsy to determine exact cause of death.
Investigators arrested 37 year old Roy B Ballard, also of Sunizona, and the cousin of the victim Green. Ballard is being charged on First Degree Murder and being held in the Cochise County Jail on a $1 million bond.
Additional information related to this investigation is pending the autopsy results. This case remains under investigation as a homicide.