March 25, 2014
Forest Road 711 – Crown King
A truck was reported to have gone over a cliff somewhere near Crown King. The Southern Unit was mobilized to begin searching on FRs 711 & 391 starting near Lake Pleasant and heading toward Crown King.
As the responding unit members were arriving in the area of FR 711 we were notified the person from the truck had safely arrived back in Crown King. The mission was terminated at that time.
Sinben search in the Bloody Basin area
Searching for a 22 year old male on a motorcycle who was missing for 2 days and was found over by the river.
June 30 2013
Yarnell Hill Fire
On June 30th the YCSO requested the Southern Unit to help with evacuations and roadblocks in the Yarnell and Peeples Valley area. We assisted with the evacuation of the Model Creek Road area; then we took over roadblocks including the Hays Ranch Road. The following week we manned the roadblock on Highway 89 just north of Congress.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the 19 firefighters and to those who lost homes and property to this fire.
June 18-19, 2013
SYCSRT was one YCSRT units mobilized by YCSO to assist in securing access to the fire and evacuation areas.
February 13, 2013
February 7, 2013
On Feb. 7th at approx. 9:30 am, Southern Unit was contacted by YCSO regarding two male subjects stranded on FS 192 that had made a 911 call. It appears that the subjects were driving a grey 2012 Dodge pick up when they suffered a flat tire. They had stated that they were unable to repair the tire and had to walk a distance to gain cell phone service. One of the subjects was on meds. They gave the Co-ordinates where the vehicle was located and their location was confirmed from their cell phone.
The SAR unit was rallied and proceeded to a location north of Lake Pleasant where they thought the best for communications, set up base camp, and proceeded on quads and side by side to the location given by the deputy.
Upon reaching the location, although radio communications were poor, the unit received a text stating that the subjects had received help and the unit was to stand down.
January 5 & 6, 2013
December 23, 2012
At 2130 hrs Dec 23rd the unit received a call from the SO stating that two people were overdue at Lake Pleasant coming from Crown King. We were asked to start up the Crown King/FS 711 road and head toward FS 192 and look for them in a maroon Polaris Ranger. They were reported as a male and female in their 40′s. A second unit from YCSRT was to start in Crown King and work south from there.
The team met at the 113 MP on hwy 60 and started out to the old “CK” rock. We only made it 5 miles or so when the deputy called and said the SxS was in Crown King and called us off the search. I don’t think anyone was disappointed with that news!
December 3, 2012
At approx 2330 hrs, the Southern Unit was called to a missing person in the area of Hwy 96 and the Santa Maria River near Bagdad. Members met a Yavapai County Sheriff deputy and were advised a 33 yr old male had gotten into an argument with his brother while riding in a Jeep and was quite intoxicated. The person left the Jeep while on a 4×4 trail that ran between the Santa Maria road and Hwy 97. His brother said he took a 6 pk of beer with him.
Unit members located an empty beer can and followed tracks but eventually lost them on the trail. At dawn a helicopter was brought in to no avail and as the search was regrouping the missing person walked into base camp. Apparently the subject had consumed the remaining beer that night in a wash just off the road and then fell asleep. Other than a bad hangover and very thirsty, the subject was OK.
October 29 2012
On Oct 29th, the Southern Unit was asked by the Yavapai Sheriffs office to assist the US Forest Service in an exploratory search of an abandoned mine located on public property in the Prescott National Forest. The Forest Service is in the process of closing these shafts due to the obvious danger as well as cleanup of the sites. An issue that is of concern is the presence of bats that may have taken residence in these holes and so before a closure can occur, it has to be confirmed that there are no bats in residence.
The unit responded with its newly developed mine shaft camera system. This system drops an infrared camera down the mine shaft while documenting the resulting pictures on a computer hard drive in the Communications trailer at the surface.
As you can see in the pictures, the camera reached down to the bottom as well as taking pictures of the walls looking for fissures, etc.
September 12, 2012
Missing Chino Valley woman’s body found
Yavapai County officials said Tuesday that they found the body of Jamie Andrews, the Chino Valley woman who was reported missing since Saturday. Andrews’ body was found in the Wickenburg area and was taken to a medical examiner to determine the cause of and other circumstances surrounding her death, said Dwight D’Evelyn, a Yavapai County Sheriff’s official.
September 6, 2012
Disabled vehicle on FS 711
At approx. 1400 hrs., Deputy M. Hooten contacted the Southern Unit regarding an abandoned blue pick up blocking the right of way on the FS 711 road. It was unknown the exact location. The vehicle was said to have a temporary plate.
Deputy Hooten said he had checked along FS 192 and the upper end of FS 711 with no results. Deputy Hooten requested that we send a team of quads out to locate the vehicle, obtain the VIN number, the temp plate number, and any other info that we could.
JR Borsos, Pat and Linda Brown, and Tom Mueller responded. The team preceded to the “CK” rock on Cow Creek Road, unloaded equipment, and proceeded up FS 711 road toward Crown King. At Burro John Cabin, the team talked to a camper who advised a yellow jeep earlier in the day had told him there was a pickup totally blocking passage. He did not know how far up the road the truck might be. The team continued north and found the truck. The vehicle was locked and had a broken right front Cv joint. The vehicle ID was noted, pictures taken and the unit returned to base.
On the return, the team met with a pickup containing 5 subjects. They identified themselves as the owner of the truck and that they had repair parts to fix the vehicle. The team notified Deputy Hooten with the needed info and returned ending the event at approx. 2200 hrs.
August 1, 2012
Pictured is the vehicle that resulted in the Southern team being called out to rescue four occupants. Two were with the vehicle and two others were located 12 miles away attempting to walk out.
May 31, 2012
At 2100 hrs we received a call that a 77 year old male from Idaho was overdue from a trip up the Constellation Road. He was due back at 1700 hrs and was always punctual. The call was taken by deputies from subjects girlfriend. Subject was investigating mining claims and had given his friend a map indicating claims around the Gold Bar Mine. Subject was driving a gray Ford Escape and was in good health with food and water.
We were asked to go up the road and see if we could locate the vehicle. JR, Pat and Linda responded and after driving all the way to the Williams Ranch and checking the area, were unable to locate anything out of the norm. YCSO was advised and the possibility of an air search Fri morning was suggested.
Subject returned to his hotel this morning.
December 3, 2011
At about 1600 SYCSRT was called by Forest Patrol Deputy Hooten to go to the Date Creek road to search for a woman who was looking for crystals and could not find her car. Three 4×4s (6 members) of SYCSRT started to gather to go look for her as we stated to meet we received a call that she had been found. The unit Comm trailer would have also been sent out. Luckily, this subject was not stranded as it will dip into the low 30s tonight.
September 2, 2010
SYCSRT was on call for the search outlined on the press release below. In addition, on the same day, we were called for a rescue for a man who had a rollover on the 711 road. As it turns out, he was near Crown King and the Crown King Fire Department was able to assist.
Press Release from 9/1/2010 Search:
Missing Prescott Man located by Nephew Piloting Private Plane
On September 1, 2010, at approximately 7:15 PM, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a Prescott man who had gone hunting and not returned within the anticipated time-frame. The man, identified as 84-year-old John Basham, left his home during the early morning hours of September 1 to go dove hunting in Aquila, Arizona, and was expected home the same day. Attempts to reach him by cell phone were unsuccessful. The reporting party was Basham’s wife.
Deputies were told Basham like to hunt near stock tanks, but otherwise had no specific area to focus the search effort. As a result, several law enforcement agencies were notified of the circumstances and provided a description of Basham’s car – a white Jeep Cherokee. Agencies assisting YCSO included the La Paz County and Maricopa County Sheriff, Department of Public Safety, Southern Yavapai County Sheriff’s Response Team and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Air Group. Overnight, patrol vehicles checked the route Basham would most likely travel heading home to Prescott, but could not locate either Basham or his vehicle. In the morning of September 2, the Sheriff’s Air Group conducted two aerial search missions while ground search teams checked Aguila hunting areas. Basham was not found at this time.
Just before 5 PM on September 2, Basham’s nephew, who was flying a private plane to assist with the search effort, located Basham’s Jeep in a deep ravine north of Yarnell off Highway 89. Deputies and Yarnell Fire Department personnel arrived at the location and found Basham conscious and responsive. Basham suffered an apparent back injury and was transported by Lifeline Ambulance to the Yarnell Fire Department. Basham was then airlifted to John C. Lincoln North hospital for further evaluation and treatment. Basham’s injuries do not appear life threatening. Basham likely crashed the prior evening and remained in his vehicle until rescued. The exact time of the accident has not been determined and the cause is under investigation.
August 16, 2010
SYCSRT was put on alert for a search in Payson for a 4 year old boy. Luckily, this little guy was found safe and healthy before our team was needed.
August 3, 2010
At approximately 3am the SYCSRT was called to a search for a second 2 year old missing in the last 2 weeks. Little Emmett Trapp was reported missing in Dewey-Humbolt. Four members of the SYCSRT responded to help support searchers in the northern part of the county.
July 31, 2010
Search Efforts for Sylar Refocused, Investigation Continues
Read the latest on the search effort for Sylar Newton:
Southern Yavapai County Sheriffs Response Team continues to lend a hand to the search efforts at Beaver Creek Campground:
July 26, 2010
Current Search Underway for 2 Year Old
PRELIMINARY INFORMATION – Deputies, along with search and rescue personnel, are currently involved in the search for a missing 2-year-old boy last seen in the Beaver Creek Campground. The campground is located south/east of Highway 179 off I17. The boys name is Syler Newton and he has light brown hair, blue eyes, and was wearing only a diaper. He is approximately 3 feet tall and weighs about 20 pounds.
Syler was last seen around midnight inside a tent while sleeping with other family members. At about 1:45 AM this morning, the family discovered he was missing from his sleeping bag. They searched the area briefly and called 911 after failing to locate the child. Deputies arrived on scene and began a preliminary search and interviews with nearby campers.
Currently, YCSO has over 50 personnel on scene as part of the coordinated search effort. DPS Ranger completed a flyover this morning and is expected to return and search further.
If anyone has information regarding Syler and/or his whereabouts, please contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately via 911 or 928-771-3260.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at
(928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov
July 2, 2010
At 4pm SYCSRT was called out on a search for a missing 73 year old woman just north of Wickenburg off Highway 93. Several members were able to respond to this local search.
March 8, 2010
YCSO Rescues Two Men Stranded 2 Nights in the Wilderness
On March 7, 2010, just before 7 A.M., the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center was notified of two lost and stranded men in the Wet Beaver Wilderness near Forest Road 618. This area is located east of the I17 at the 179 turn off. One of the men, identified as 61-year-old Carl Schwimmer from Flagstaff, was able to make cell phone contact with YCSO to request help. His companion was 56-year-old Thomas Pearsall from Cottonwood. Both men had been in the area the day prior driving a side by side quad vehicle which ran out of gas. The men, now already out one night in the wilderness, had water but no food.
YCSO Forest Patrol personnel began coordinating a search effort involving the YCSO Jeep Posse, Verde Search and Rescue Team, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Response Team 4 by 4 Unit, and members of the Southern Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Response Team. Coconino Search and Rescue also deployed an SUV vehicle outfitted to allow travel over snow.
YCSO Communications personnel began efforts to track the missing men with assistance from their cell phone company. The cell phone carrier could only provide very general coordinates based on the closest cell phone tower. DPS Ranger Helicopter was able to fly briefly, and although the missing men were not spotted, they told rescue personnel the helicopter was heard flying overhead. Rescue teams also learned the men found an old shed to stay in which provided some shelter from the extreme weather. The men were also able to light a warming fire. Search efforts continue throughout the night as weather permitted. Their cell phone was used sparingly to save battery power.
Search Vehicle following the Rescue
At approximately 10 A.M. on Monday, March 8, members of the YCSRT Quad Unit were able to locate the shed and rescue Schwimmer and Pearsall in good condition. It took several hours to safely bring both men out and neither required medical attention.
As we all know, weather patterns recently have generated risky conditions for anyone willing to venture into the wilderness. YCSO rescue experts suggest you consider the current and expected forecast before such excursions. It is always better to “over prepare” for such trips. A cell phone, extra phone battery, light source, food, water and severe weather clothing should be included in your planning. Many times, simple day trips become unavoidable overnight stays.
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
255 E. Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ 86301
Dwight D’Evelyn, Media Relations Coordinator
February 19, 2010
Of those of you who missed it on TV Live this am here is our call out info— We had 3 members of SYCSRT on this search.
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
255 E. Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ 86301
Dwight D’Evelyn, Media –Relations Coordinator
Update 9:08 A.M. — Victoria was found in good condition – possible frostbite concerns, but alive and well otherwise. She is being flown to Phoenix Children’s Hospital with her mother. Her dog, named “Blue,” was found with her and was dropped off at the command post in Cordes Lakes. I do not have the exact location of her rescue at this time. YCSO thanks media groups who assisted getting the word out….As details develop, an updated released will be sent.
As of 7:45 AM this morning, the search for 3-year-old Victoria Bensch continues in earnest. Crews have remained on the scene throughout the night in hopes of finding Victoria. Deputies and detectives also spent the evening contacting registered sex offenders in the Cordes Lakes area and have so far ruled out their involvement in Victoria’s disappearance. Cars leaving the area are being checked for any signs or evidence of the missing girl. The family dog, seen in one of the photos issued last night, is also missing and possibly with Victoria.
This morning, deputies and specially trained search volunteers are deploying scent dogs in the continued attempt to track her whereabouts. The dogs will be provided an opportunity to smell an item of clothing from her room as a basis for tracking scent outside the home. Personnel are also continuing to re-check areas searched last night which are now more visible following daybreak. It is expected the search area will expand as the operation moves forward today. At this time, there is no evidence of foul play. YCSO detectives are involved and will remain on scene to assist with the investigation regarding Victoria’s disappearance.______________________________________________________________________________
February 18, 2010
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Deputies are currently involved in the search for a missing 3-year-old girl from a home at 21000 Fremont Drive, Cordes Lakes. The missing girl’s name is Victoria Bensch and she was last seen wearing a brown shirt and pink pants. She is 60 pounds, 3’ in height, with brown hair and brown eyes. YCSO dispatch received a call from the missing girl’s parents just after 6 PM today. The reporting party told deputies their daughter was last seen playing outside on the porch of their home around 5 P.M. They spent approximately an hour searching the area around their home before contacting YCSO. No one at the girl’s home heard anything unusual or suspicious before she was discovered missing. The residence does adjoin State Land where a portion of the search effort is ongoing. YCSO deputies are assisted by members of the Jeep Posse, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Response Team, DPS, DPS Ranger Helicopter, and Mayer Fire Department personnel. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Victoria Bensch, or information that might aid rescue personnel in their search, please call the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 928-771-3260.
February 3, 2010
Search Call Out north of Lake Lake Pleasant
On February 3rd 2010 at 19:35 hrs.SYCSRT received a call from Deputy Kirt Crantford that there were 2 over due people north of Lake and wanted our unit to help find these people. They had left about 12:00 PM or 1:00PM and were only going to be gone a little over a hr. We assembled 5 members of SYCSRT to include 3 quads 4 4x4s and our Comm trailer and headed out to the search area. As we approached Morristown I received a call that the people had be located in Crown King. They had been driving a sand rail and it got either stuck or broke down and the people walked in to Crown King. We would rather be called out and called back then not being called at all. Everyone should remember never go alone.