BODY FOUND IN VERDE RIVER: POSSIBLY THAT OF SUSPECT IN YAVAPAI-APACHE OFFICER SHOOTING
PRESCOTT ARIZONA (March 3, 2022) – An autopsy confirmed the identity of the body, found Feb. 26, 2022, in the Verde River near the Tunlii Crossing, like that of Valentin Rodriguez, the suspect wanted in the Feb. 9 shooting of Yavapai-Apache Police Sgt. Preston Brogdon.
The official Medical Examiner reports are still pending, and the FBI is continuing its investigation.
No further details are available at this time.
The body of a Hispanic male was found in the Verde River near the Tunlii crossing this afternoon and is believed to be 39-year-old Valentin Rodriguez. Rodrigues was wanted as a suspect in the shooting of Yavapai-Apache Police Sergeant Preston Brogdon on February 9, 2022.
At approximately 4 pm On Friday 2/26/2022, a father and son fishing near the scene saw a body in the river and contacted 911. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office, Yavapai-Apache Police Department, and the FBI responded to the scene.
Formal identification of the body is pending and the cause of death is not yet known, however, personal items on the body have led law enforcement to tentatively believe it to be the suspect Rodriguez.
No other information is available at this time, however, we will provide information as it becomes available.