Editor's note: The Reiter family requests privacy at this time to grieve the loss of their son.
PRESCOTT VALLEY – The body of a missing 18-year-old man, Christian Reiter, was found Tuesday evening, Dec. 27, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Rescue-1 helicopter had been searching an area near Perkinsville Road Tuesday for the Prescott Valley man. According to D'Evelyn, the YCSO deployed more than 25 searchers from the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team, along with the air support, and were able to track Christian’s movements to the location where his body was found, three miles from his home.
Christian went for a walk Monday afternoon, leaving from Coyote Springs and Mummy View in Prescott Valley, and never returned home, according to his mother Janie Reiter.
Christian’s father, Todd, was searching for his son Tuesday. “I’m out at the back of Mingus Mountain right now,” Todd said at about 5:30 p.m., “out where they call the Pits on BLM land at the northeast corner of Prescott Prairie subdivision in Coyote Springs. That’s where he was last seen.”
“They found a shoelace on a fence and one of his little stress balls that he used to use for working out.”
When Christian disappeared, “He said yesterday that he was going to go out for a walk, which isn’t entirely uncommon, and we haven’t seen him since,” Todd said.
Todd said there is no way Christian just lost his way.
“He knows these mountains like the back of his hand. He’s an avid motocross rider. He’s ridden these mountains religiously for the last four years. He knows pretty much every nook and cranny.”