Unidentified Dead Body Found by High Country Hunters; Police Investigating as Homicide

A few hunters in the high country had a Stand By Me moment Sunday night, while in the mountains about 50 miles east of Prescott -- they found a badly decomposed dead body.

Police are trying to identify the body, but given the condition it was in when it was found, the body's not being very helpful.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says the corpse was found partially covered near Stehr Lake and the Child's Power Plant Campground on Sunday night.

The county Medical Examiner's Office says the person who died is believed to have been between 20 and 40 years old, and the time of death was somewhere in the last year or so.


Medical examiners were unable to determine the sex or race of the body but say they are investigating it as a homicide.

Police were able to make out a tattoo on the upper-back of the corpse. It's described as a narrow, repetitive chain-like pattern, which runs across the upper back and extends to both sides.

So if anyone happens to be missing a person with such a tattoo or has information about the body, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office (928-771-3278) would like to hear from you. Ask for Detective Alex Jaramillo.

Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232, or text the word "busted" and the tip to 411247.  


KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
James King
Contact: James King