CAMP VERDE – Francis Claude Klettke has been extradited from California and is booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on a charge of second degree murder, according to media coordinator Dwight D’Evelyn of Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. He is in custody on a $200,000 bond.
Klettke, 21, from Union City, Calif., is the primary suspect in the death of his 60-year-old father - also from Union City- that occurred in Fossil Creek.
Around 4:45 p.m. Oct. 27, YCSO deputies were dispatched to a campsite near the main trailhead area off Fossil Creek Road (southeast of Camp Verde) for a report of a dead man. A news release from D’Evelyn said deputies confirmed the death and noted trauma to the man’s head. Deputies contained the area and interviewed campers nearby.
One witness saw a man matching the victim’s description walking from the campsite towards the creek, said D’Evelyn, and she also noticed another male with a dark complexion and long hair sitting in a silver colored Jeep Liberty parked near a tent at this campsite. The witness also said she heard what sounded like multiple gunshots in the area around 7:30 p.m., but didn’t investigate further or call law enforcement, according to the release. The next morning, the witness noticed the Jeep was gone, as was the tent, said D’Evelyn, and she spotted an object behind some brush near the victim’s campsite. Upon a closer look, the witness saw a body wrapped up in tent material, apparently dead, and YCSO was immediately contacted, according to the release.
After follow-up by the DPS fingerprint unit, the victim was identified, and detectives confirmed that he had been shot several times as bullet casings had been found earlier at the scene, said D’Evelyn. Detectives then discovered that the victim’s son had serval matching characteristics of the male seen in the Jeep – which was registered with his Union City address, according to the release.
Oct. 29, 21-year-old Klettke was arrested by Union City Police Officers during a traffic stop and booked at an Alameda County jail for murder, and waited for extradition, said D’Evelyn. YCSO detectives were also in Union City to assist.