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Posted on: February 24, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Body Discovered by Camper Near Sunset Crater National Monument

Flagstaff, AZ – February 21st, at approximately 3:47 pm Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an area off of Forest Service Rd. 545 North of Flagstaff along Highway 89, for the report of a possible dead body found by a camper.

Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from the Wupatki Ranger station, that an individual camping off Forest Service Rd. 545 had found what was believed to be a dead body near the individual’s camp.  While deputies from the Flagstaff district were responding to the area, assistance was requested from National Park Service and Forest Service Officers who were in the area to help locate the area given by the camper and secure the scene.

Once on scene, deputies were able to locate and confirm a deceased female.  Coconino County Criminal Investigations and the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office were notified and responded to the area.  Investigators worked through the night and into the next day before clearing the scene. 

The victim was transported by the Medical Examiner’s Office to Flagstaff on Friday evening.  The Medical Examiner’s Office will investigate to determine the identity of the deceased female.  Due to the ongoing investigation, no further details are currently available. More information will be made available as the investigation progresses. 

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance with this incident.  Anyone who may have recently seen anything suspicious in the area of Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monument is asked to contact Silent Witness at (928) 774-6111 or Coconino County Sheriff’s Detective Jones at (928) 226-5038, with any information to help solve this crime.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the National Park Service and the United States Forest Service for their assistance in this matter.

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