Woman Fears Murder Victim Is Her Missing Nephew

Police aren't confirming identity of body found in trunk

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A woman fears that the man found in the trunk of a burning car early Feb. 20 is her nephew, a 31-year-old Payson man, Roger Patrick Watson.

While the Payson Police Department and Gila County Sheriff's Office has not released the name, the woman said she has no doubt that the body is Watson's.

Watson's aunt, Deena Wood, said much of the information she has received came from her nephew's girlfriend, Heather Meyocks.

Wood said Watson's girlfriend lent him her car so he could go purchase a phone card on Feb. 19. That was the last time he was seen.

Police, Wood said, came to his girlfriend's home the following day to tell her that her car had been set on fire with a body inside the trunk on Cracker Jack Mine Road.

The aunt said the family has been told that the victim was shot in the head inside the garage of Thomas Paul Georgatos, 35, before being taken to Cracker Jack Mine Road.

Georgatos has been charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, arson of an occupied structure, abandonment or concealment of a dead body and destruction of evidence.

Wood said the police have told her family little else.

Wood said her nephew had some drug issues, but "he was not a bad kid."

The family has been told the body was taken to Tucson to review dental records, Wood said.

County Attorney Daisy Flores said the county will ask that the three suspects --Georgatos, William M. Sweatt and Scott Bernard McGeough -- be held without bail.

Flores said the three men will need to have their cases reviewed by a grand jury within 10 days of their arrest.

Payson Police Commander Don Engler said it is his understanding the case will be heard by grand jury on Wednesday.

If the three are indicted, their arraignment would be the following Monday.

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