Chamita man charged with murder after body of missing victim found buried in his home

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SANTA FE, New Mexico — Federal authorities say the remains of a man who went missing in May have been unearthed at a home in northern New Mexico.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports ( that prosecutors are charging 66-year-old Jack Patterson Jr. for the murder of 29-year-old Benjamin Youngbear.

Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs investigators excavated Youngbear's remains in a shallow grave at Patterson's Chamita home last week.

According to a criminal complaint, Patterson admitted to shooting and killing Youngbear in self-defense once the remains were recovered.

Tribal police say Youngbear, of the Northern Cheyenne Nation, was reported missing May 27.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says an alleged accomplice, 24-year-old Antonio Valdez, remains at large.

Valdez is facing charges of aiding and abetting in a murder.

Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican,

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