FLORENCE — An Apache Junction man has been indicted for concealing the dead bodies of a man and woman in San Tan Valley.
Demian J. Blu, 40, is facing felony charges of vehicle theft, assisting a criminal street gang and concealing a dead body after an incident related to the deaths of Keith Long and Renae Gardner in the summer of 2016.
Long’s body was found in an irrigation canal near Bella Vista Road and Quail Run Lane. His death was quickly deemed “suspicious” by authorities.
Around the time Long was found, Gardner was reported missing. The two reportedly had been in a relationship. Gardner’s family later posted on social media her dead body was eventually located.
According to Blu’s indictment, he allegedly invaded the couple’s residence and moved their remains sometime between May 24 and 28.
Blu is accused of then stealing Long’s motorcycle for the benefit of the Loose Cannons Motorcycle Club. The indictment lists the club as being a criminal street gang.
Arizona law defines a street gang as an association of people who “collectively engage in the commission, attempted commission, facilitation or solicitation of any felony act.”
The motorcycle club’s Arizona chapter describes itself as a nonprofit organization on its Facebook page that hosts charity events.
In 2013, Loose Cannon members were allegedly involved in a shootout in Pinal County with another motorcycle club, which left four people injured.
Blu was notably not charged with killing Long nor Gardner. His other offenses include hindering a prosecution, conspiracy to hinder a prosecution and second-degree burglary. The conspiracy charge indicates he allegedly worked with one or more persons to commit a felony.
PinalCentral has not yet been able to confirm whether other suspects are alleged to be involved in the crime. The Apache Junction Police Department is conducting a joint investigation with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, but neither agency said it had further information to release at this time.
According to court documents, Blu was previously convicted of assaulting a peace officer in Montana.
He was already in the custody of the Pinal County jail at the time of his indictment. He was scheduled to go to trial next week for felony charges of vehicle theft and burglary.
But the Pinal County Attorney’s Office dismissed those charges and replaced his old case with the new indictment. The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.