Utah man found dead in Arizona national monument

Nov 2, 2022, 7:49 PM | Updated: Nov 3, 2022, 5:31 am

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FILE - An undated photo of Lomaki Pueblo in Wupatki National Monument. (Pascal Ethier/Google Earth Pro)

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COCONINO COUNTY, Ariz. — A Utah man was found dead by a sheriff’s search team in the area of Flagstaff, Arizona.

Conan Stults, 46, was found in the Wupatki National Monument, south of the Lomaki Pueblo area at approximately 11:36 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, according to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. The office didn’t specify the manner of death but said the incident remains under investigation.

On Saturday law enforcement responded to a call about a person in an area near the monument. People reported a person walking northbound on U.S. Highway 89.

Responding Arizona Department of Public Transportation troopers weren’t able to locate a person but found personal property belonging to Stults, including his vehicle.

Search and rescue teams were deployed and the search for Stults went on over the weekend until a rescue dog team located his body in the national monument. The sheriff’s office and the county medical examiner will continue to investigate Stults’ death.

The monument contains and protects the ruins of five prehistoric pueblos in north central Arizona. Coconino County borders Utah to the south from Kanab on the west to Navajo Mountain and Lake Powell. The massive space also contains the Grand Canyon.

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Utah man found dead in Arizona national monument