Man Still Missing Near Forest Lakes

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Mark Irby

Searchers are still looking for a 51-year-old Chandler architect who has been missing for a week.

Mark Russell Irby was last seen Jan. 2 around 10 a.m. by family members before he headed out for a short ride on his red ATV. Irby said he would be riding the loop around the Forest Lakes subdivision near his home. The family had planned to return to their main home in Chandler once Irby returned.

Searchers have found no trace of Irby or his ATV.

Gerry Blair, of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, said two single-engine aircrafts, , one from New Mexico and one from California, with special cameras to take photos of anything on the ground that is red along with the GPS coordinates were brought in Thursday. Once a plane lands, rescuers analyze the photos and send crews out to any areas of interest.

Even with the high tech tools, Blair said the search is challenging for rescuers who are facing freezing temperatures and several feet of snow.

“We are still out looking because our job is to find him alive and get him back to his family,” Blair said.

Crews also used probing devices to search around homes in the subdivision. Searches along Forest Road 99 and the Rim have turned up no clues.

Irby is 5 feet 10 inches tall, 175 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes and wears glasses. He was last seen wearing a denim shirt, blue jeans, “Croc” style plastic shoes and riding a red Bombardier ATV with Arizona license plate DV4X.

Irby was not dressed or prepared for weather.

Anyone with information about Irby can call (928) 774-4523 or (800) 338-7888.

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