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Multi-Agency Search for Missing Camper in Oak Creek Canyon
Oak Creek Canyon, AZ – On Friday, May 6, 2016 at about 9:07 am 911 dispatchers received a call from an individual who identified himself as the campground host for the Pine Flat Campground located in Oak Creek Canyon. According to the caller an adult female who was camping by herself failed to check out of her camping space as she was scheduled to do. The host identified the missing camper as fifty-nine year old Debra Ann Schwartz of Tempe, Arizona.
Upon the Deputies arrival at Pine Flats they found the missing person’s vehicle and her assembled tent and other camping equipment. It appears that Debra Schwartz left her campground for an unknown destination and failed to return as scheduled. Coconino County Sheriff’s Command Staff, Deputies and Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue personnel are conducting an intensive ground search aided by the Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue Helicopter based in Kingman, AZ. Although the helicopter crew has conducted multiple flights in the area they have not detected the presence of the missing person.
Sheriff’s Detectives are conducting a parallel missing person investigation in an attempt to determine the circumstances leading up to Debra’s disappearance. Anyone with information regarding the current location or the circumstances leading up to Debra Schwartz’s disappearance are urged to immediately contact the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office at one of the below listed numbers. Attached are a color photograph and missing person flyer on Debra Ann Schwartz.
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We are seeking the public's assistance in locating missing person Debra Schwartz. Debra is a white female, 59 years of age, 5'4", 160 lbs, with green eyes and brown hair. Clothing description is unknown.
She was last seen two days ago at the Pine Flat Campground in Oak Creek Canyon. She did not check out of the campground as expected and there is concern for her welfare.
If you have any information, contact the Coconino County Sheriff's Office at 1-800-338-7888, 928-774-4523, or Silent Witness at 928-774-6111.
Media Contact: Gerry Blair, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, 928-226-5089