Campers Discover Body In Woods


The body of a 50- to 55-year-old man was discovered by a group of campers Saturday morning in the woods north of Tonto Village.

The cause of death has not been released, but Gila County Sheriff's detectives do suspect foul play.

"We received the call at approximately 10 a.m. Saturday from some campers that they had found a body in the woods," said Det. George Ratliff. The body was discovered just off Forest Road 29, leading to Meads Ranch.

The victim is described as a white man in his early to mid-50s who was 5-foot-seven inches tall and weighed 160 pounds. He was not wearing any rings or jewelry.

Investigating the scene, officers found a driver's license with a man's name and picture on it.

Although the body had only been in the forest two or three days, detectives said identification was not possible because it had been disfigured by forest animals and insects.

Recent rains obliterated any footprints or tire tracks that might have been left in the area, and at this time, investigators are unsure whether the man died where he was found or if he was transported there.

The body was taken to Tucson Monday for autopsy. Ratliff said the results of that autopsy and the victim's identity should be released later this week.

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