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Flagstaff, AZ; 63 year old Scott Olson who was the subject of an intensive ground and air search was located by rescuers on Friday, November 14, 2014 at approximately 10:51 am on the northwest side of Humphreys Peak. A search team assigned to that area spotted recent dog tracks and followed the tracks to the dog who remained in close proximity to his owner. Unfortunately Mr. Olson was deceased at the time he was located. Mr. Olson’s body was located at an elevation greater than 10,000 feet, downslope from a landmark known as Philomeno Spring. The cause of death was not readily apparent however investigators did not observe any signs of foul play. The dog, whose name is Faith, was in good condition and was taken down the mountain and given to one of Scott’s family members.
On Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Scott Olson left his cabin located in the Hart Prairie area and told his neighbors he was going for a hike in the meadow with his mixed breed dog “Faith.” That was the last time that his friends or family members saw or heard from him. Scott’s relatives reported him as a missing person on Wednesday afternoon. The Sheriff’s Office initiated a ground and air search late Wednesday evening with searchers on foot and in vehicles looking for Mr. Olson all night. Early Thursday morning a day time search was initiated that include searchers on foot, in vehicles, with scent dogs and in aircraft. Once again the search continued throughout the night. On Friday morning the search group consisted of more than 50 individuals serving as searchers or support staff and air support provided by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit, the Grand Canyon National Park Service, Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue groups based out of Phoenix and Kingman and the Coconino County Sheriff’s Community Emergency Response Team. We would like to extend special gratitude to Scott Olson’s many friends and relatives who assisted by searching for Scott or by providing valuable information and support.
Scott Olson served as a volunteer in the Coconino County Detention Facility for five years beginning October of 2009 providing ministry services for hundreds of inmates. His dedication and strong sense of community service was greatly appreciated by jail staff and the inmates he served.
The investigation will be continued by Sheriff’s Detectives and the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office.
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Media & Public Contact: Gerry Blair, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, 928-226-5089