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Craig Cavanaugh was last seen July 4. His truck was later recovered on July 12. Deputies found his body recently in Coconino County, but have released few details about the investigation.

Family and friends of Craig Cavanaugh, 44, of Farmington, N.M., are asking for help after Cavanaugh disappeared July 4. Reports place him at the Mazatzal Casino on that date before his phone went dead.

“We were able to trace (Cavanaugh’s) phone to Payson, but we haven’t been able to trace it since,” said Georgette Allen with the Farmington Police Department.

Cavanaugh reportedly stopped in Payson to break up a drive from Farmington to Peoria, where Cavanaugh was to start a new job.

Surveillance cameras later captured two men at a Glendale Home Depot using Cavanaugh’s credit card, Allen said.

On the Missing Persons Cases Network Facebook page, Cavanaugh’s family wrote, “(The two mystery men) also made purchases with his card at a Maverik gas station in Payson, as well as a QuikTrip in Peoria between July 5 and July 7.”

Authorities have located Cavanaugh’s 2012 black Toyota Tacoma truck, but will not release details on where or in what condition it was found.

What makes this case complicated, said Allen, is the crossing of state lines.

“It does become confusing,” she said.

Since Cavanaugh started from New Mexico, the case is being handled by New Mexico officials even though it appears he went missing in Arizona.

One local officer said Cavanaugh has an ongoing court case.

According to online court records, Cavanaugh has an open drug case in Arizona. His next appearance is set for Aug. 12 in Yavapai County Superior Court. He has pleaded not guilty.

Family and friends have launched a social media campaign to find Cavanaugh.

So far, posts have garnered 1.4 million comments and 27,000 shares.

But nothing has panned out.

“Right now we’re trying to follow up on any tips and leads that come in,” said Allen. “We appreciate the community spreading the word.”

If anyone has any information about Cavanaugh’s whereabouts, call Det. Kenneth Smith with the Farmington Police Department at 505-599-1005

The detective tip hotline is 505-599-1068 or 505-334-TIPS.

contact the reporter at: mnelson@payson.com

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