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Dead body of missing New Mexico man found in Arizona

According to Farmington PD, Craig Cavanaugh had traveled to Peoria for a job but never arrived. He was last seen in Payson.

COCONINO COUNTY, Arizona – Police say the body of a missing New Mexico man, 44-year-old Craig Cavanaugh, has been identified in Coconino County.

Farmington, New Mexico police have been working with the Coconino and Navajo counties sheriff’s offices since Cavanaugh went missing in early July, according to a press release Thursday.

The investigations of the death have been turned over to the Coconino and Navajo Counties Sheriff’s Offices.

Farmington Police say two suspects have been identified and the investigation is ongoing.

In a press release from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, officials said that one of two possible suspects believed to have been with Cavanaugh on July 4 was found and interviewed by detectives.

The suspect provided some information that led the Coconino and Navajo sheriff detectives to a wooded area near Highway 260 outside of Heber, where a body was found on August 5 that was later identified as Cavanaugh. The body was identified by fingerprints.

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According to Farmington PD, Cavanaugh was en route to Peoria to look for a job but never arrived. His cell phone last rang in Payson and a witness said they saw him in Payson, but investigators say there was no evidence to support this statement.

Investigators said two men used his credit cards in Payson, Glendale and Peoria between July 5th and 7th.

Cavanaugh’s Toyota Tacoma was found a few days later, on July 12th.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. You can be contacted at 928-774-4523.

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