Investigators: Report Of Fisher Search False

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Although the Arizona Republic reported today (Tuesday) that Gila County Sheriff's investigators are refocusing their search for Scottsdale murder suspect Robert Fisher in the Rim country, Gila County Deputy Andy Brunson said that report is largely exaggerated.

"Basically, there were a few facts in that report, and a lot of presumptions," Brunson said Tuesday.

Investigators have been searching for Fisher since April 10, when his south Scottsdale home exploded. The house was rigged to explode, police have said, to cover the murder of Mary Fisher, who was shot in the back of the head, and her children Brittney and Bobby, whose throats were slashed.

The Republic reported today that Gila County deputies are gearing up for a "second and more intense search of the forested area near Payson, where the murder suspect's sports utility vehicle was abandoned."

Ten days after Fisher's house exploded, his Toyota 4Runner was spotted in a forested area near Young, an area the suspect was known to frequent on camping trips. A weekend search of the area in snowy weather turned up no clues, but authorities have speculated that Fisher may have perished in the maze of caves that catacomb the area.

The Republic reported today that Gila County search crews will be joined in two weeks by 100 search-and-rescue workers from around the state, including a crew of professional spelunkers from Tucson.

On the contrary, Brunson said, his crews will be training in August near the 41 Club cave the focus of the last Fisher search but it's strictly designed as a training mission.

"We're going to be tracking, roping and doing some cave work," Brunson said. "If we turn up something, then great. But this is primarily a training thing."

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