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8/1/2014 11:30:00 PM
Man found dead on Bell Trail
George Wesley Montgomery
George Wesley Montgomery
The Bell Trail is a popular and historic trail through the Wet Beaver Creek Wilderness.
The Bell Trail is a popular and historic trail through the Wet Beaver Creek Wilderness.

A man was found shot and killed on Bell Trail, and the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is seeking help in its investigation. The death is being called suspicious.

Hikers apparently came across the body of George Wesley Montgomery, 43, of Peoria, along the trail in Wet Beaver Creek Canyon on Thursday morning. YCSO was dispatched around 11 a.m.

Montgomery had been shot, and a firearm was recovered near the body. He is described as a black male, 6-foot-2, wearing a yellow shirt and shorts. The manner of death has not been determined.

According to YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn, Montgomery last had contact with family members by phone on Wednesday, July 30, around 7 p.m. He indicated he was hiking along the Bell Trail.

Detectives are asking anyone who might have been hiking on Bell Trail between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday to contact them regarding this investigation.

Montgomery's vehicle, a 2002 white GMC Envoy, was located and recovered from a turnout area near the trail.

If anyone has information regarding this case, please contact Detective John McDormett at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

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Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014
Article comment by: Mata Usi

So tragic, the amount of suspicious deaths in the local area over the last couple of years is seriously disturbing.

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