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Prescott man, 64, missing after heading out for long hike, YCSO reports

John Saville. (YCSO/Courtesy)

John Saville. (YCSO/Courtesy)

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) deputies are looking for a 64-year-old Prescott man who went missing this month after telling a friend that he intended to go on a long hike northwest of Prescott.

At around 3 p.m. June 7, John Saville left his home in Prescott in his faded silver 1991 Nissan pickup with a red tailgate that has a license plate number of BZG 6035.

Deputies say Saville, who is 5-foot-6 and 130 pounds and mostly bald with gray hair and brown eyes, was carrying a backpack and had intended to return home sometime between June 16 and 18.

YCSO said it learned at noon Thursday that Saville was missing. Deputies immediately deployed 4x4/quad units and a Department of Public Safety Ranger helicopter to the area, but found no sign of Saville or his vehicle.

On Friday, YCSO’s Rescue 1 helicopter flew about eight hours in a widened search area, but again didn’t see any signs of Saville or his pickup. Deputies say their search effort is ongoing based on Saville’s last reported hiking plans.

Attempts to call Saville, an experienced hiker, were unsuccessful, and several ranch owners in the general vicinity told deputies that they hadn’t seen him.

Saville has ties to Big Fork, Montana, and YCSO deputies have notified local police there regarding Saville’s disappearance.

Anyone with information about Saville’s whereabouts should call YCSO at 928-771-3260.

Doug Cook is a reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @dougout_dc. Email him at or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2039.

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