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8/30/2012 10:09:00 PM
Body found in search for Jamie Treakle
Jamie Louise Treakle Montiel
Jamie Louise Treakle Montiel

The search for a missing Cottonwood woman resulted in the discovery of a body on Thursday.

Jamie Treakle Montiel, 26, went missing since Aug. 17 after being released from the Yavapai County Detention Center in Camp Verde. The investigation turned up a lead that a black Chevy S-10 pickup might be involved in her disappearance.

The truck reportedly belongs to her estranged husband.

The truck was found in a ravine Wednesday at around 4:30 p.m. by a family search party that had been looking for Jamie on Cherry Creek Road. The Camp Verde Marshal's Office and the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and searched the area around the pickup truck until dark.

Thursday morning, the search was resumed. According to CVMO public information officer Darby Martin, they discovered nonspecifiedd items belonging to Montiel.

Later, a body was discovered "in proximity to the pickup."

The body was transferred to the Yavapai County Medial Examiner for examination and positive identification. The scene was processed the Sheriff's Office.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012
Article comment by: This should never of happened.

The abuse and lack of concern from the police/sheriff and has got to stop. First, Cottonwood Police engaged in sexual discrimination against on of their fellow officers, and no one has been fired.

Then there is no discharge plan when released from jail, resulting in the tragic death of a young woman with children, who are going to grow up knowing their mother was killed by their father.

Quit building prisons and use the $$$$ on crime prevention/social services and watch our crime rate drop as it has in other countries.


Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012
Article comment by: Christine Lattimore

@ Tom Babbit......
AMEN Mr. Babbit. Since Mascher took, or was given, office, I have personally witnessed several heinous situiations with YCSO. And he has nothing to say for it. It's not about justice and protection, it's all about arrest quotas and harrassment.

The entire situation with the Treakle case was handled horribly, from the time she was released from the DC (aka, debtors prison) to the moment that she was found. Our prayers go out to her daughters and family.

I hope Mascher sleeps well.........


Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Article comment by: Jody Glade

Thoughts and prayers to the family of Jamie Louise Treakle.

As far as the Camp Verde Marshall's Office - this was a total boondoggle! Call DPS is you need help on the big cases!


Posted: Monday, September 3, 2012
Article comment by: Lisa Brown

Thank you for all the heartfelt comments. Her family feels the same exact way. It feels really good to know people really do care. We will find
Justice for Jamie.


Posted: Sunday, September 2, 2012
Article comment by: The Cowpoke

America is an apocalypse of tragedies. Jamie Louise Treakle Montiels' tragic death is yet another symptom of how the richest country in the world could not help this victim of our society. Sixteen trillions dollars of debt didn't help nor will 16 more. None of it helped Louise!

Posted: Sunday, September 2, 2012
Article comment by: Domestic Violence

To the Treakle Family, I am terribly sorry for the loss of your daughter, sister, mother, aunt, Friend. It is to my despair that another woman has been lost to this cancer we know as domestic violence. We can not blame law enforcement for this matter for I am sure they did everything in their power to put her estranged husband in jail for the despicable acts he had committed prior to this incident. Jaime had done the right thing in trying to protect her family by leaving the cycle of violence behind her, like I wish most women would do. The system failed Jaime, horribly. The demons haunting her was suppose to be locked away but yet a short time later that evilness was free. And with that new found freedom, Evil was able to finish what he had started. Yes the system failed. The laws are there for a reason, but when we have judges and prosecutors allowing monsters to roam the streets just to save a dollar, the system will fail every time. I pray that someone within the judicial process realizes their actions could have cost the life of a young mother and finally have the intestinal fortitude it takes to stand up for justice and tell these "criminals" you can not harm our sisters. You can not hurt our mothers. And you for sure, will not injure our daughters.

Posted: Saturday, September 1, 2012
Article comment by: Concerned Citizen

The jail should provide transportation back to the town where the person who is released lives. I feel for the people released who are walking in the heat, rain & lightning and have a long way to go. It would be much safer for the released person and the community if the released have a safe ride to their hometown.

If the police can haul them in, they should take them back when released.


Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Babbitt

Sheriff Scott Mascher must resign. This is not the first time that the people of the Verde Valley have been abused or neglected by the people under his leadership. The latest episode involved a woman taking her brothers ashes for dispersal in the canyon lands. This woman's car got stuck on the side of the road and a sheriff's officer came by, spilled her brother's ashes by the road and for some unknown reason arrested the poor woman. The situation was finally resolved when the woman took the sheriff's office to court and the judge ordered the officer fired. It was Scott Mascher's job to fire this monster but he did not because he has no integrity. Arizonans know that the top priorities of the Sheriffs department are murder and rape that does not change. Scott Mascher in his own words on this very paper states that meth is his top priority proving that he has a greater lust for federal grant money than concern for the safety of Arizonans. Scott Mascher's extremist intolerant zealotry is not just a hazard to my family and yours but a threat of the institution of the sheriffs office itself.

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: Tamara loomey

This is b.s I am Mad the father found her CVMO Suck they should be in disney land because they are nothing but a joke. I would love to meet the detective who took this case he must be one wortless piece of shit or his Chief dont care this is my friend who is dead and CVMo didnt do shit to find her i pray to god that her family the strenght they need in this dificult time.

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: lynn marie

I think it is just ashame that the CampVerde Marshal's Office could not do more to get out there on foot, air, ATV'S or whatever it took to look for the vehicle. It sad that this never happended that the Camp Verde Marshal's Office could not get out there and search on foot and vehicles, when the family decided to and did it and thank God the family located the vehicle. What kind of Law Enforcement agency are they. What a joke. I feel sorry for my dearest friend and her family. Thank God we have more professional Police Departments out there then the good oh boy CVMO. Why isnt CVMO responsible for some part of this to take for ever to try and solve this crime...Thanks Lynn Marie

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: accountability responsibility

Are you people kidding me? If I am understanding correctly, the yavapai county jail is responsible for whatever has happened to jamie? How about the suspect? Oh, I'm sorry...i must be listening to the entitled class who've removed the words accountability and responsibility from their dictionary.

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: Candie Gonzalez

I knew Jamie and her family they're great people I don't understand why this had to happen to her. Yavapai County sheriffs office and police couldn't even help looking for her the family had to go out on their own..... To serve abd protect is their job, so why wasn't it done? They shouldn't joke around with life. Rest in peace Jamie, you will be deeply missed!

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: Dosen't seem right

Somehow it just does not seem right that law enforcement has no problem going to wherever you are and picking you up for a suspected crime, guilt or not for investigation or arrest.
Then when either you are found to not be involved or incarcerated for a period of time, when you are released, it just seems to be "OK, there's the open door, get out of here" " it's not our problem how you get back to wherever you were when we picked you up. Just get out of here."
Jamie Treakle would have benefited greatly from just that small bit of compassion and help.


Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: green valley

Just heard that this poor girl's estranged husband had been let out of the Detention Center to visit a doctor. Is this standard practice?? Especially when he was being held on a domestic violence charge? Let out to visit a doctor on his own??

Wow, a lawsuit just waiting to happen.


Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: Cottonwood Citezen

My heart felt prayers go out to the family. This a true tragedy. I did not know Jamie. But, I have had dealing with Yavapai County Jail. They need to do more to protect people being released and people in the care in Jail. My daughter was beaten by another girl while she was in jail. Nothing was done about. Wake up people. Something needs to be done so we do not have more tragedies. May you rest in peace Jamie God has you in his care now.


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