Body Found In Round Valley


Horseback riders discovered a badly decomposed body in lower Round Valley Monday morning.

The nude body of a male was in a densely vegetated area about three miles down Gibson Ranch Road.

Gila County Sheriff's Det. George Ratliff said there were no obvious signs of trauma and he estimates the man had been dead for four to five days.

Members of Tonto Rim Search and Rescue combed the area looking for clothing or any belongings that could help identify the man. Although they found several tracks along the creek bed, none led to a camp or any items to assist in the investigation.

Ratliff said the body may be related to a call to the sheriff's office a week ago.

"Last Tuesday our office received a call from someone who said he saw a naked man walking along this road," Ratliff said. "Deputies searched the area, but could not locate him."

According to Ratliff, the body appears to be that of a Native American or Hispanic between the ages of 20 to 30 years old. He is between 5-feet-8-inches and 5-feet-11-inches tall, weighing between 200 to 230 pounds.

Ratliff said the man has black hair, about four inches long and a thin goatee.

"The body has been sent to Tucson for an autopsy," Ratliff said. "They will be fingerprinting him which may assist us in identifying him."

Anyone with any information about the man is asked to call Det. George Ratliff or Det. Brian Havey at (928) 474-2208.

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