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Posted on: August 7, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Investigation of Apparent Suicide at Walnut Canyon

Walnut Canyon body recovery

For Immediate Release: August 7, 2017


Jon Paxton, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office (928) 226-5089,

Cecilia Shields, Flagstaff Area National Monuments, (928) 526-1157 x228,

Investigation of Apparent Suicide at Walnut Canyon 

Flagstaff, AZ – On August 6, 2017 around 3:20 pm the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a suicidal subject in the Walnut Canyon area. The subject had texted a friend that he could be found in a canyon east of Flagstaff beneath the island. He was suspected to be carrying a handgun.

Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies, National Park Service Rangers, and AZ Department of Public Safety (DPS) Ranger helicopter searched for the subject. Just before dark, he was located deceased within Walnut Canyon National Monument, a short distance from the Island Trail. On August 7, 2017 the Coconino Sheriff’s Search and Rescue along with DPS Ranger performed the body recovery.

The deceased has been identified as Christopher Preston 49 year old male of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The subject had an apparent gunshot wound. The body has been released to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office for further investigation on this matter.

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