Murder Suspect Hunt Reaches Rim Country


Within moments of receiving a tip from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Department, officers from three local law enforcement agencies were scrambling Thursday afternoon, searching for Scottsdale murder suspect Robert Fisher.

Police have been searching for Fisher statewide since April 10, when the bodies of his wife and two children were discovered in the charred remains of their home, which was destroyed by an explosion.

Fisher, who is known to have frequently camped in the Sunflower area, has been missing since then.

"The report (Thursday) was called in as a possible sighting," Gila County Sheriff's Det. Brian Havey said. "Yavapai County received a call from a pay phone, saying they just saw someone who matched Robert Fisher's description heading this way."

Around 5 p.m., officers from the sheriff's department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety took off north of town to look for the suspect's vehicle, which was reported as a "baby blue" Ford truck. Payson officers also responded, and waited at both ends of town.

By 6:10 p.m., the search was called off when officers received a second call from Yavapai County, reporting that the suspect never made it to Highway 87, but instead turned off Highway 260 on the road to Childs.

As for the blue Ford, Havey said there's no way to know what Fisher is driving at this point.

"We know he was driving a 2000 silver Toyota 4-Runner," he said. "I'm sure this isn't the last sighting we'll get. Until they find him, we'll keep chasing down every sighting."

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