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Woman found dead 2 days after crashing car off I-17

A woman who rolled her car off I-17 in the mountainous area north of Camp Verde early on the morning of Friday, Sept. 2, was found dead two days later by a DPS helicopter and a Yavapai County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team.

Amanda McCleve, 31, of Flagstaff was reported missing on Sunday, Sept. 4. Her father, Victor, told deputies she had left his home in Gilbert sometime around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, driving a black 2008 Pontiac Solstice. Victor later tried to call her, without success. She texted him back at 3:30 a.m., saying she was sorry she missed his call but had fallen asleep, according to a YCSO report. She apparently stopped at a friend's house for a time before continuing toward Flagstaff.

The Maricopa Coun-

ty Sheriff's Office

asked YCSO for help Sunday when they pinged her cellphone and discovered it was in the vicinity of a cell tower near the McGuireville rest area.

At about 4:15 p.m., YCSO asked for the DPS Ranger helicopter based in Kingman to join the search.

Ranger located the car in a ravine near milepost 283 at 5:45 p.m. Deputies who had been searching the area on foot headed toward the helicopter and saw the heavily damaged car. There were no skid marks where it left the freeway, the report said.

Deputies found Amanda McCleve's body in the car. She was not wearing a seatbelt, they said.


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