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YCSO finds missing woman’s body

PRESCOTT VALLEY – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) confirmed that it found 45-year-old Joanne Tobin’s body near Cornville on Thursday evening, according to the Prescott Valley Police Department.

Commander Laura Molinaro, a spokesperson with the PVPD, sent a news release stating that sheriff’s deputies found Tobin’s vehicle and body in Cornville. Tobin’s family first reported her missing to PVPD on July 21.

Sheriff’s deputies discovered Tobin’s car on Willow Point Road, and found her body a short distance away from it.

The deputies found the car after a person called YCSO on Thursday afternoon and reported an abandoned vehicle in the desert, according to YCSO Sgt. Dave Rhodes. Prescott Valley police previously reported that the vehicle was a silver 1997 Mercury Tracer.

Authorities took the body to the Yavapai County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The office determined that Tobin died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Molinaro said.


Last week, Tobin’s brother told officers that he spoke with her at 6 a.m. on that day, left for work, and did not hear from her after the conversation, according to the release. The brother told police that Joanne was a responsible person who did not miss work very often, Molinaro said.

Molinaro said officers found Tobin’s purse and glasses at her residence, and later learned that her day purse was missing. The department sent news releases about Tobin’s disappearance on July 25, and the Daily Courier published the release in Tuesday’s paper.

The department entered Tobin’s name into the National Center for Missing Adults database, and investigators also asked tri-city motels and hotels if she had checked in. Those efforts resulted in no new leads, though, according to the release.

Next, PVPD contacted the sheriff’s office, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Center, and the Phoenix Police Department about Tobin’s disappearance.

The department also subpoenaed Tobin’s bank and telephone records, Molinaro said.

Tobin’s employer allowed officers to speak with her co-workers and search her work area for any additional information. The searches and the interviews did not yield any new leads, however, according to Molinaro.

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