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Skeletal Remains Found in 2009 Identified

29 October 2019  

Cold Case - YCSO Identifies Male Skeleton Remains  

Cold Case volunteers, working under oversight by detectives from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, have identified the skeletal remains found in 2009 as Anthony J. Sanchez from Prescott. The identity was verified by DNA results.

Sanchez was originally reported missing/endangered in November of 2007 following contact with Prescott Police Officers. At that time, family members called authorities with concerns regarding behavioral health issues involving Anthony. During contact with officers, Anthony fled from his home and could not be located even after an extensive search and investigation over several days. He was 20-years-old at the time. 

YCSO detectives also worked with Prescott Police Detectives on this case. 

 Original release follows -

Issued April 11, 2019 - The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in determining the identity of a male found on April 10, 2009, approximately 30 yards North of Deering Park near Sosna Drive in the Prescott area of Thumb Butte. Published efforts over the years seeking help to identify the remains have been unsuccessful. This latest effort involves sharing a forensic facial reconstruction that was generated by the University of North Texas Center for Human identification, pictured.

If anyone has information regarding this case, you are urged to contact Cold Case Investigator John Shannon at 928-777-7293 or leave a tip anonymously by calling Yavapai Silent Witness 1800-932-3232.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website:

Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She will be leaving for new adventures on May 15, 2020.