LB - Coldwell Banker 1019

Home | Classifieds | Place Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Kudos | Obits | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | Villager | Health Directory | Contact Us
The Verde Independent | Cottonwood, Arizona

home : latest news : local April 29, 2016


11/9/2012 5:40:00 PM
Missing hiker found in Pumphouse Wash
Case remains mysterious
Shaun Rentz
Shaun Rentz

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter


SEDONA-- The Coconino County Sheriff's Office has recovered a body in Pumphouse Wash, at the north end of Oak Creek Canyon. The agency has now determined the dead body to be that of a Minnesota man reported missing in July.

The Sheriff's Office received a call from a hiker late last Sunday afternoon. The hiker advised he had been hiking in Pumphouse Wash when he discovered a decomposed body off the trail. Since it was nightfall and the hiker was already out of the canyon, Sheriff's deputies delayed the recovery until Monday morning.

The hiker led deputies and detectives, Coconino County Search and Rescue, and Coconino County Medical Examiners Office to the area Monday morning. The body was located about 3/4 of a mile east of the Oak Creek Vista Overlook and taken to the Medical Examiners Office for autopsy to attempt to determine identification. Cause of death is still under investigation.

Investigators have now confirmed through dental records that the body is 27-year-old Shaun Rentz of White Bear Lake, Minn. Rentz' vehicle was found abandoned at the Oak Creek Vista overlook parking lot on July 31 this summer. An extensive search was conducted at that time to locate Rentz but he was not found.

In August, the Minnesota Star-Tribune reported that Shaun Rentz was reported missing to Ramsey County, Minn., authorities after he failed to meet with friends over the weekend and then didn't show up to move in with friends at their new home in the Twin Cities that Monday.

An off-and-on girlfriend from Minneapolis told police that he called suddenly, sounding a little sad and that friends had said he put in for two weeks vacation from his job.

Spokesman Gerry Blair of the Coconino Sheriff's office, admitted at the time that the missing case was perplexing and said, "we don't know why he left Minnesota" and that a "parallel criminal investigation" is "working with the family to determine whether [Rentz] was voluntarily missing."



Taylor Waste

    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Ordinance would make Cottonwood first in Arizona to raise legal age to light up (2670 views)

•   Blaze destroys RV and jeep Sunday; freeway traffic blocked (2527 views)

•   Mingus Union's Mike Westcott named 2016 Yavapai County Teacher of the Year (2172 views)

•   Ruth Gaver released on probation (1937 views)

•   New subdivision, 500 homes: Vineyards at Cottonwood coming soon (1883 views)





Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Cottonwood, AZ
Click for weather forecast





Submission Links
 •  Submit your feedback about our site

Find It Features Blogs Celebrate Submit Extras Other Publications Local Listings
Classifieds | Place Ad | Galleries | Kudos | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | e-News | RSS | Site Map | Find Verde Jobs | Contact Us
LB - Coldwell Banker 1019

© Copyright 2016 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Verde Independent is the information source for Cottonwood and Verde Valley area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Verde News Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, verdenews.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Verde News Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved