Phoenix police responded to a 911 call on Saturday morning regarding an injured individual on the Reach 11 trail near Scottsdale Road and Mayo Boulevard.
Upon arrival, they declared it a homicide investigation after finding the body of 29-year-old Lauren Heike with signs of trauma.
The Phoenix Police Department has released a surveillance video of a person of interest. It shows an individual running on the trail; authorities hope to uncover details related to the case.
Lauren worked as a beverage cart server at the Troon North Golf Club. Her boss at the club, Brian Thorne, described her as a wonderful person, and her death has been challenging for all staff.
Many neighbors close to the trail are now on edge, feeling sad and cautious – aware of their vulnerability. Knowing little about a suspect or motive, police are urging people not to hike alone and remain alert for suspicious activity.
The untimely death of Lauren Heike has left her family, friends, and community reeling in grief. A reminder of our collective fragility, it is important to stay aware of our surroundings and trust our instincts. It is best to leave the area and report the incident to the authorities if something feels off.
The Phoenix police continue investigating the case and need public support in providing helpful information. In these tragic times, communities must unite to help bring justice to Lauren Heike and all those affected.