Missing Chandler man found dead in forest The Chandler Arizonan

Missing Chandler man found dead in forest

January 12th, 2021 Chandler Arizona Staff
Missing Chandler man found dead in forest
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A Chandler man reported missing last month in a remote region of Tonto National Forest has been found dead.

Jesus Rodriguez, 34, was last seen alive on Dec. 20 by a group of men riding dirt bikes near Camp Creek Wash between Bartlett Dam Road and Rio Verde Drive. The men stopped to help Rodriguez free his stuck vehicle.

Four days later, Rodriguez’s car was found abandoned on the side of the road about a mile away from where it had been stuck. 

Authorities spent the next two weeks searching the forest for Rodriguez and investigating the circumstances of his sudden disappearance.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said Rodriguez’s body was recovered on Jan. 2 at an undisclosed location. The agency said Rodriguez’s cause of death has not been determined but there were no obvious signs of foul play.

Rodriguez’s family last reported seeing him on Dec. 19 at his sister’s home in Chandler. They noted his behavior seemed disoriented before he asked his family to borrow a vehicle to go visit a friend.

The family said they’re thankful to all the community members who assisted in the search to find Rodriguez.

“We want to thank everyone for all the love and support we have gotten,” the family wrote in a statement. “We are so thankful to have great people in our lives who loved Jesus as much as we do.”

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