Body found in Coconino County is identified as missing Sun City man

Alan Arvey (MCSO)

A body found in Coconino County has been identified as a missing Sun City man.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said Monday morning that the body its detectives found Aug. 17 is that of Alan F. Arvey, 87, who was reported missing from his residence near 111th and Peoria avenues in Sun City.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office had said he was last seen at his home Aug. 20 by a neighbor. However, the last conversation made with Mr. Arvey was Aug. 11. The reporting party did not mention Mr. Arvey leaving the home for any period of time.

A search of his home revealed Mr. Arvey’s required daily medications were present but his registered gold 2007 Ford Fusion was missing. It has an Arizona license plate of 468ZGT.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr. Arvey’s death.

“At this time we are not able to release any additional information due to the ongoing investigation,” Lt. Gerrit J. Boeck with CCSO stated in an email when asked if the body of Mr. Arvey showed any signs of foul play or if his vehicle was located.

MCSO said they found no signs of foul play at his home. According to his family, Mr. Arvey only left his home for short periods of time for dinner or shopping. He was not known to drive long distances or be away from home for more than a few hours. Mr. Arvey was not known to carry or have a cell phone.

Authorities checked nearby medical facilities with negative results. There were also no calls for service by EMS to the location during this time.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office had reported on Aug. 19 that its detectives had found a deceased elderly man Aug. 17 in the area of Highway 89A milepost 389 near Oak Creek Canyon.

CCSO had recovered a stolen vehicle in the same area the body was found earlier that day, but do not know if the body and vehicle recoveries are related.

MCSO was asked Sunday afternoon if they were aware of the discovery and whether they have determined the body to be that of Mr. Arvey.

“Our detectives our working on this and we should have something tomorrow,” Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez stated Sunday.

The photo provided by MCSO of Mr. Arvey and a photo of the deceased body provided by CCSO have some similarities, but the details surrounding the two are different. While CCSO says the body was found Aug. 17, MCSO says Mr. Arvey was last seen Aug. 20. MCSO is being asked if that date may have been a guess.


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