Sedona Deaths Likely Suicide


Victims of an apparent double suicide, a woman and her adult son died of gunshot wounds sitting propped up against a log between the edge of the road and the right-of-way fence on Highway 89A in Sedona at about milepost 390, approximately a quarter mile from the visitor center at the Oak Creek Canyon Overlook.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a United States Forest Service employee who reported that a man and woman came to the Overlook Visitor Center to report finding the bodies.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer confirmed that the two people apparently died of gunshot wounds to the head.

Coconino County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives found apparent suicide notes, one from each person. A handgun was found in the lap of the man. Judging from the wording on the two handwritten notes and evidence found at the scene, detectives suspect the female shot herself first and the male then used the same weapon to shoot himself.

Police have not released the identities of the two people pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.

The bodies were transported to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office for examination.


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