Deputies believe remains may be those of missing Prescott Valley man
Sheriff's deputies believe human remains found by a horseback rider in east Prescott Valley Wednesday may be those of missing Coyote Springs man Terry Ferrell.
Yavapai County Sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said Friday that Ferrell, 48, was reported missing on July 5, 2011, though family members said they had last seen him on July 3, 2011.
According to a 2011 Sheriff's Department news release, because deputies originally had information that Ferrell was despondent and had a handgun, they did not use unarmed search and rescue volunteers in an effort to locate him. The two-day delay in reporting Ferrell's absence also made the search more difficult, the report stated.
On July 13, 2011, YCSO authorized the use of three volunteer quad teams under the supervision of armed deputies to conduct a search from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. They covered the wilderness area north of Ferrell's home to Mingus Mountain.
After searching for two weeks, including investigating a lead that someone had spotted Ferrell in Camp Verde, the Sheriff's Department suspended the search.
The horseback rider reported finding the remains shortly after 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Deputies located the remains behind a home north of the Yavapai County Fairgrounds, confirmed them to be human, and detectives monitored the area overnight. Based on their investigation and gathering of evidence, D'Evelyn said, detectives believe the remains are Ferrell's.
The Medical Examiner will confirm identity and cause of death. Detectives have notified Ferrell's family.