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Kayaker rescued from Verde River


NEAR CAMP VERDE – A novice kayaker, thrown from her boat, was rescued from the Verde River Sunday, Sept. 25, thanks to a family member who called for help when she didn’t show up at her pick-up point.

The kayaker, a 46-year-old woman, had little experience and didn’t know the river well, Yavapai County Sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said.

She planned to put it upstream of the West Clear Creek intersection and would travel to Beasley Flats, where family members would pick her up.

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Missing 70 Year-Old Linda Schleizer Found Deceased


The search for a missing Ash Fork woman with Alzheimer's disease came to a tragic end over the weekend.

Searchers with Yavapai County Sheriff's Search and Rescue were conducting a follow-up search for Linda Schleizer, 70, when they found her body in the Juniperwood Ranch area west of Ash Fork at about 9 a.m. Saturday. Her remains were located approximately 0.75 miles east of the residence under a juniper tree in a shallow wash area.

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YCSRT Backcountry ‘Swift Water Team’ takes first place in Competition


Congratulations to the YCSRT Backcountry Unit for winning first place in the 15th annual Swift Water Expo.

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Missing Person Debra Schwartz - Found Deceased


Media Release 5/8/16

Missing Person Debra Schwartz Found Deceased

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Parties became lost/stranded following GPS mapped Directions


On March 7, 2016, around 11:20 PM, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office was notified that a family of 4, a male and female adult along with their 4 and 1½ year old children, were lost and stranded near Alamo Lake. The family’s sedan was stuck in a ditch and they were concerned that an overnight stay would place the family in danger. Neighboring La Paz County officials, who were originally notified of the situation, assisted by requesting a DPS Ranger Helicopter to search for the family.

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Search and Rescue Call leads to 4 Separate Rescues by Volunteers


On February 4, 2016, around 4:30 pm, an Oregon man called to report that a California man was stuck in deep snow on Senator Highway (Forest Road 52) north of Palace Station – approximately 17 miles south of Prescott. The California man was in a Cadillac Escalade and had 7 dogs with him but no working cell phone. Sometime later, the caller told YCSO dispatchers that he and his girlfriend were now stuck in the snow. Using the caller’s cell phone location from the 911 call, a deputy started down Senator Highway with the limited information and intermittent cell phone contact.

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Rescue 1 provides a Critical Lifeline to a Stranded Family


On January 14, 2016, at approximately 6PM, a Dewey woman called for help after she and three family members became stuck in deep snow south east of Walker in the Prescott National Forest. They had been camping and hunting in the area prior to the last storm and were now out of food. Their truck became stuck while attempting to leave and access to a detached camping trailer in the area was not possible.

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Verde Valley Man Located


On December 10, 2015, at about 9:30 PM, the Sheriff’s Office was called to help find a 19-year-old Manuel Ortega after he got lost in the dark somewhere between the communities of Cottonwood and Sedona. Ortega was scheduled to get picked up at his home, located on Bill Gray Road inside the Coconino National Forest, by a family member to go to work. When the family member called to say they were running late, Ortega stated he would start walking toward Hwy 89A and wait for the ride.

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Friday the 13th Rescue – Our busy volunteers to the Rescue again


A scary evening ended happily for two women, lost in the Granite Mountain Basin, who were rescued Friday evening. The 74 and 50 year-old women, both from Prescott Valley, started their hike Friday morning and were reported overdue by family members Friday night. Their hiking destination was known as only Mingus Mountain or Granite Mountain.

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Search team locates missing elderly Cottonwood man (with video)


Eugene Albert Campbell was located at about 1:50 p.m. in a wash about a quarter-mile mile from his home in very rugged terrain by a Yavapai County Search and Rescue K-9 Team. Mr. Campbell was found to be alert and responsive. He was transported to Verde Valley Medical Center for further evaluation.

The 80-year-old Cottonwood man was last seen at 7 p.m. Friday at 2050 W. State Route 89A in Cottonwood.

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