Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Personnel and Search and Rescue Units Still Searching for Missing Camper

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Search and Rescue volunteers have been searching relentlessly over the past five days for missing camper 63-year-old Jeffrey Gordon Stambaugh of Tucson who has not been seen since 10:30am September 30th, 2022.

Stambaugh made reservations at the Yavapai Campground within the Granite Basin Recreation Area for Tuesday September 27th thru Thursday September 29th. When he arrived in town on Tuesday, Stambaugh sent a text message to a friend in the area asking if they’d like to meet up at some point. The friend later reported Stambaugh missing.

On Wednesday September 30th around 10:30am, Stambaugh asked the camp host to charge his phone. He left it and hasn’t been seen since.

YCSO received the missing person report on Saturday October 1. YCSO Deputies and Search and Rescue units have since located Stambaugh’s vehicle at the Metate Trailhead and covered every trail and rugged wilderness area near and around the trailhead, Granite Basin, and Yavapai Campground. YCSO personnel has been utilizing search and rescue resources including drones, helicopter, k9’s, 4×4 and OHV units. The search effort continues, and the teams will regroup this afternoon to discuss the plan moving forward.

If you have any information regarding Stambaugh’s whereabouts, please call YCSO (928)-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

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