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Body Found in Oak Creek is Likely That of Amy Davis

20 September 2013  
YCSO finds body believed to be Amy Davis

September 19, 2013 – Update –

At approximately noon today, hikers found a body along the banks of Oak Creek in the area of E Wing Drive, Village of Oak Creek. Deputies on scene believe this is the body of Amy Davis originally reported missing on September 12, 2013. The identity confirmation and cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner at a future date.

The body was located about 1 mile south from where a backpack belonging to Davis was discovered. There is no evidence of foul play. Again, the cause of death determination will be made by the medical examiner following autopsy.

YCSO would like to thank all the concerned citizens who provided information and those that assisted search crews on the ground over the past few days.


Prior release issued September 17, 2013 -- Search efforts continued today without success. Deputies remain in contact with family and friends eager for any leads as to Davis' whereabouts. Her dog, "Chasta," is in the care of a friend.

Clarification --- Deputies last contacted Davis on Thursday morning, September 12, 2013, during a welfare check requested by a friend. Davis told the deputy she was fine and he referred her to a counseling professional. Davis completed a phone conversation with the counselor in the deputy's presence with no other indications she was at risk. Davis also agreed to meet with her concerned friend later that day but never did. After 8 PM, deputies returned to the Davis home at her friend's request, but she was not there. Deputies searched the neighborhood and Oak Creek area, but could not find her. On Friday, the ground search continued and intensified over the weekend with the aid of search and rescue teams and helicopter flyovers. It was Friday when deputies were notified a resident had taken backpack home they found near Oak Creek the previous day. Deputies examined the contents and confirmed the property belonged to Davis. The search was then concentrated in the area where the backpack had been found, but no additional clues were discovered.

Yesterday, deputies continued ground search efforts looking for clues in the Oak Creek area where water levels were now subsiding. This operation continued today, Tuesday, without any sign of Davis. YCSO continues to encourage calls from any with information on Davis' whereabouts.

Prior release issued September 16, 2013 –

On September 12, 2013, at approximately 8 PM, a friend of 47-year-old Amy Beth Davis reported concerns that she was missing. Earlier in day, the friend learned Davis was despondent and requested a welfare check at her home in the 100 block of Rainbow Lane, Village of Oak Creek. A deputy did find Davis at home and spoke to her about the friend's concern. Davis indicated she would follow-up with her friend, but never did so.

Shortly after 8 PM, the deputy went to Davis' home and could not find her. The deputy checked the neighborhood and nearby Oak Creek where Davis normally walks her dog, but she was not located. Cell phone tracking was also unsuccessful.

The following day, the YCSO Rescue 1 helicopter flew the target area while search teams, including search dogs, canvassed the neighborhood and a large stretch of Oak Creek. Teams also checked trailheads and swimming areas but Davis could not be found. Deputies distributed missing person flyers to neighbors and hikers in the vicinity. Just before 6PM, a resident reported finding a backpack along Oak Creek which contained items belonging to Davis. Search teams went to the spot where the backpack was located, but Davis was nowhere to be found. During the day, Davis' dog was spotted on Disney Lane in the Village of Oak Creek. Search teams permitted the dog to walk freely hoping it would lead them to Davis, but the dog failed to do so.

On Saturday and Sunday the search effort continued along with fly overs by Rescue 1. Davis could not be located. While Search efforts continue on Monday, YCSO is seeking anyone who might have information regarding Davis to call 928-771-3260/911 immediately.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov