The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible murder at the Flowing Springs Campground Tuesday night.
Officers found the body of Lindsay Scheuermann, 25, in the campground about 10:40 a.m. Wednesday. They later arrested Mark Ross, 31, Scheuermann’s fiancé, on a charge of murder, said Det. Karen Baltz with the GCSO.
Scheuermann and Ross were reportedly dropped off at the campground Sunday night after being kicked out of a home in the Valley they were staying at with family, Baltz said. The couple reportedly had some issues with the family related to alcohol and were dropped off to “start their own life,” she said.
The pair, who had no vehicle, set up camp near the East Verde River and started drinking heavily for the next three days, Baltz said.
On Wednesday morning, Ross woke and found Scheuermann unresponsive and cold to the touch. All charges against her fiance have been dropped because she died with injuries consistent with alcohol abuse.
The suspicious circumstances surrounding Scheuermann’s death promoted detectives to arrest Ross. Scheuermann’s body was covered in bruising, including on her arms and legs, Batlz said.
“Until an autopsy is done we won’t really know the exact cause of her death,” she said.
Ross denied any wrongdoing and said Scheuermann likely injured herself stumbling around the campsite drunk.
The Flowing Springs Campground is situated along the East Verde River, 3.5 miles north of town. The area is a popular place for trout fishing and hiking.
The campground features several dispersed sites, but there is no camp host, water or trash service. Camping is limited to 14 days.
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