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Posted on: November 20, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Sheriff’s Personnel Respond to Multiple, Unrelated Death Events over the Past Several Days

Flagstaff, AZ; Within the last several days, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office personnel have
responded to numerous unrelated deaths including two probable suicides (one in the Fredonia
area and one in the Blue Ridge area), a First Degree Homicide and arrest of the suspect, the
search for an overdue hiker on the San Francisco Peaks later found deceased, and a death in a
vehicle as the result of asphyxiation. While these are not unusual types of cases, the timeline of
their occurrence involved high demands on personnel and time resources.

We are taking this time to recap these cases, providing updates and letting the public know about
some of the aspects related to a response and investigation in a geographically large and rural
setting such as Coconino.

For example, many may not be aware of the amount of people and hours involved in searches for
missing people or searches related to other criminal activity. Searches can often involve a very
large search area, coordination of multiple agencies and volunteers in the response, the need for
specialized equipment and training, operational periods that last over multiple days, and
challenging environmental conditions such as inclement weather or steep and rugged terrain.
Most missing person searches involve a two prong approach: the physical search and a criminal
investigation to determine whether or not foul play was involved.

In addition, many people may not be aware of the remoteness of many areas which may require
hours before an investigator can reach the location. To assist in getting responders to scenes as
quickly as possible, we work closely with other public safety responders in the area through
mutual aid agreements to help stabilize scenes until the agency with appropriate jurisdiction can
take control of the scene or investigation.

In terms of the release of names of deceased, there may be a delay in releasing the person’s name
as investigators attempt to notify next of kin before the information becomes public. Names of
persons who commit suicide are not usually released because the case is rarely charged
criminally. However, if a deceased person has been the subject of a missing person report, the
name often is released so that the public can be made aware that the person is no longer listed as
missing and to advise the public of the general circumstances so as to quell any public safety
concerns of foul play.

Recapping the last week larger investigations:

November 7, 2014 – Former Police Officer Found Deceased near Woods Canyon Lake
At approximately 8:00 pm the Sheriff’s Office received a call from a camper who advised he
found a vehicle in the area of Woods Canyon Lake just off of Forest Service Road 169.
According to the caller an adult male was seated in the driver’s seat and was slumped over the
steering wheel and appeared to be unresponsive. The Sheriff’s Deputy assigned to the Forest
Lakes community and U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement responded to the area. Upon his
arrival, the Deputy examined the victim and determined he was deceased. Sheriff’s Detectives
responded and found a suicide note. Detectives believe the individual intentionally ingested a
lethal combination of alcohol and prescription medication. The victim was the sole occupant of
the vehicle and investigators have not found any sign of foul play. The deceased man has been
identified as 42 year-old Craig Tiger of Fountain Hills, Arizona. Detectives and the Coconino
County Medical Examiner’s Office are continuing this investigation.

November 11, 2014 – Missing Hiker Reported and Later Found Deceased
On 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 included
searchers on foot, in vehicles, with scent dogs and in aircraft. Once again the search continued
throughout the night. On Friday morning the searchers and support staff numbered more than 50

Scott Olson was located by searchers on Friday, November 14, 2014 at approximately 10:51 am
on the North West side of Humphreys Peak. A search team assigned to that area spotted recent
dog tracks and followed the tracks to the dog “Faith” who remained in close proximity to Scott.
Unfortunately Olson was deceased at the time he was located. Olson was located at an elevation
greater than 10,000 feet downslope from a landmark known as Philomeno Spring. During this
intensive three day (43 hour) ground and air search, the Sheriff’s Office received assistance from
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, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Community
Emergency Response Team and the Nature Conservatory, and many friends and relatives of
Scott. Preliminary information indicates that Scott Olson possibly suffered a heart-attack. The
Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office is continuing this investigation.

November 13, 2014 - Male Found Deceased near Jolly Sink, North Kaibab Forest
On November 13, 2014 deputies of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Northern District
received a report of a suspicious abandoned vehicle near the Jolly Sink area on the North Kaibab
National Forest. A deputy from the Fredonia Substation responded and with the help of a local
rancher located a deceased male subject at the bottom of a nearby cliff near the vehicle. The
Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division responded to investigate the scene and
information points to suicide. The deceased man has been identified as 54 year-old Christopher
Douet of Maurice, Louisiana. The incident continues to be under investigation by the Coconino
County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 71 Year Old Seligman Area Man Arrested for Homicide
Richard Hollman called and reported he had shot his wife (long-time girlfriend) at a home
located west of Seligman, Arizona. Department of Public Safety Officers and Yavapai County
Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the scene first. They detained the suspect and confirmed
the victim was deceased until Coconino County Sheriff’s deputies could take over the scene and
investigation. The suspect was identified as 71 year old Richard Hollman. The victim was
identified as 62 year old Carol Sheansy.

Detectives investigated the scene and interviewed Hollman who implicated himself in the
shooting death of Sheansy. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence and located a
weapon believed to be used in the homicide along with over 20 pounds of high grade marijuana.
Hollman is being held in the Coconino County Detention Facility on a First Degree Murder
charge; with a bond of $1,000,000. This crime is still under investigation.

Friday, November 14, 2014 - Man Found Deceased near Lower Lake Mary
At approximately 11:30 am the Sheriff’s Office received a call from a subject who was camping
in the area of Lower Lake Mary when he observed a pickup truck parked near a City of Flagstaff
water tank close to the intersection of Forest Service Roads 256 and 132. Upon closer inspection
the caller saw an adult male in the cab of the truck; the man appeared unresponsive and slumped
over. Deputies and Guardian Medical Transport were dispatched to the scene. The subject was
found deceased and was identified as a 59 year old William King of Page, Arizona. At this point
in the investigation, Detectives believe the man was living in his truck and using a propane
powered heater inside the enclosed cab of the truck. The victim was the sole occupant of the
vehicle and investigators have not found any signs of foul play. While initial information
indicated that the victim asphyxiated, detectives and the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s
Office are continuing the investigation.

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Media and Public Contact: Gerry Blair, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, 928-226-5089

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