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Arizona in Brief: March 16, 2017

Remains of missing Sedona man may have been found

SEDONA (AP) — Coconino County Sheriff’s officials say they’ve recovered human remains believed to be of a Sedona man reported missing nearly a decade ago.

The remains have been taken to the medical examiner’s office for positive identification and the cause and manner of death.

Sedona police say 38-year-old Paul Ashley was reported missing in October 2007. Late last month, a hiker found human bones and a weathered shoe in a steep drainage north of Sedona.

Sheriff’s deputies and detectives hiked into the drainage and located the human bones, the shoe and some tattered clothing. Authorities say the drainage was searched Saturday and more bones were found plus clothing and a handgun.

Detectives were able to verify the serial number of the handgun matched the one Ashley bought in Flagstaff before his disappearance.

Driver of car in high-speed chase dies after crash

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say the driver of a stolen sports car is dead after a high-speed police chase that ended in north Phoenix.

Phoenix police say an undercover officer intentionally crashed into the car they were pursuing Wednesday afternoon.

They say the driver was a suspect in the fatal shooting of a man in Ahwatukee Foothills earlier. Police say officers at the scene fired their weapons, but it’s unclear if the man shot himself.

Officers received a call of a shooting around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday at an apartment complex in the Ahwatukee Foothills, where a man was found with at least one gunshot wound.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the man in the stolen sports car matched the description of a possible suspect in the Ahwatukee Foothills homicide.

Tucson fire captain’s murder trial goes to jury

TUCSON (AP) — The second murder trial of a former Tucson Fire Department captain accused of killing his ex-wife and two others now is in the hands of a Pima County Superior Court jury.

Deliberations are expected to begin Thursday morning.

Jurors failed to reach a verdict last November for David Watson, who faces two counts of first-degree murder and one of second-degree murder in the separate cold-case deaths of ex-wife Linda Watson, her mother and her mother’s friend.

Prosecutors say Watson killed Linda Watson during a custody battle. Her remains were found in the desert in 2003, but weren’t identified until 2011.

David Watson is accused of fatally shooting his former mother-in-law Marilyn Cox and her friend Renee Farnsworth in 2003 following a legal battle over visitation rights involving her granddaughter.

Rangers recover body at the Grand Canyon

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Rangers at Grand Canyon National Park have recovered the body of an Iowa man who reportedly fell from the rim of the canyon west of Mather Point.

Park rangers say they received a call around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday about a park visitor falling off the rim.

A helicopter crew was able to locate the body about 280 feet below the rim.

But due to the time of day, rangers suspended the operation until Wednesday morning when they recovered the body via a helicopter long line. Park officials say the body was identified as 30-year-old Gom Dang of Ankeny, Iowa.

An investigation is being conducted by the National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Another hiker rescued at Mount Lemon in Tucson

TUCSON (AP) — Authorities say a hiker on Mount Lemmon in Tucson has suffered multiple injuries after falling nearly 40 feet. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say an Air and Marine Operations helicopter crew had to conduct its second rescue mission in two days. On Monday, a crew rescued a man who became distressed as he hiked on the Pima Canyon trail in the Catalina Mountains about a mile north of the trailhead in a rugged ravine.

Shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday, border agents from the Tucson Air Branch responded to a report that a 24-year-old woman had taken a serious fall on Mt. Lemmon’s Butterfly Trail.