Residents of remote desert areas in Maricopa County, Arizona, are concerned about their safety after discovering a body in a bonfire pile in Bulldog Canyon.
On June 12, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) received reports of a body found in Bulldog Canyon, an off-highway vehicle area in the Tonto National Forest. Upon further investigation, officers discovered the remains in the rubble of a bonfire in a remote desert area that nearby neighbors describe as being overrun with homeless people, drug users, and criminals. The discovery of the body is sparking fears among local residents, who express concern about the lack of patrols in the area and the escalating illegal activity.
Sharon Allison-Brown, a resident of the area and witness to the discovery of the body, stated: “We’re just tired of it. We live here because of the serenity, but all the commotion has made it hard to maintain that luxury. With the discovery of a dead body, concerns about safety in the area are higher than ever.”
The Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office Homicide Unit is currently investigating the death. However, the identity and cause of death for the victim remain unknown.
Residents of the area, which is home to around two dozen affluent custom homes, are calling for increased vigilance and safety measures. The discovery of the body serves as a reminder of the potential dangers of remote desert locations and the need for increased patrols to ensure the community’s safety.