YCSO is asking the public’s help to identify either the driver or passenger, or both, involved in a mysterious case of a possible gunshot victim from this past Tuesday April 26.
THE INCIDENT – At approximately 10:00 AM a white Ford truck was stopped by state workers in a construction zone in Wilhoit. The driver of the truck was frantic and said his passenger had been shot and he was trying to get him to the hospital. The construction employees said the passenger was covered in blood and appeared to be unconscious. It was reported the truck turned off Walden Blvd by the Calvary Chapel onto Highway 89. The truck left the area and continued north on Highway 89 toward Prescott. A while later the truck returned to Wilhoit, and the driver told the construction employees that his friend was airlifted to a Phoenix hospital. The incident was not reported at the time.
THE MYSTERY – Yesterday, a YCSO Deputy was working at the same construction zone, when employees told the story of the suspicious incident. YCSO contacted all local hospitals and emergency medical services, air ambulance companies Lifeline and Native Air, and the local fire stations. None reported anyone with similar injuries or gunshot wounds, and neither air ambulance reported flying anyone out of the area the day prior. Deputies also searched the Wilhoit area and contacted everyone with a white Ford truck. None of them are believed to be the person from the Tuesday incident.
The incident that caused the injuries to the victim is unclear. It is not known if his injury was a gunshot wound or not, whether it the driver was a witness to the injury or if he was just a driver, or if the victim’s injuries were life-threatening.
THE IDENTIFICATION DETAILS – YCSO is concerned for the welfare of the passenger and is asking the public’s assistance. The truck was described as a late model 2019-2020 white Ford truck with a brown stripe down the side. It was reported the truck turned off Walden Blvd by the Calvary Chapel onto Highway 89, and then continued north on 89 toward Prescott.
The driver appeared to be in a man in his 50’s with dark hair and a beard. The construction employees were unable to give a description of the passenger other than he appeared to be in his 20’s and was covered in blood.
Anyone having information should contact YCSO at 928-777-7348 and ask for Detective Bricker OR may leave an anonymous tip with the Yavapai Silent Witness tip line at 800-932-3232 or at www.yavapaisw.com.