63-year-old man missing for days disappeared from Arizona campground, sheriff says

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office

A 63-year-old missing man disappeared from an Arizona campground and hasn’t been seen in days, authorities said.

Jeffrey Gordon Stambaugh was reported missing on Sept. 29 after he never returned to his campground in the Granite Basin area in Prescott National Forest, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies said Stambaugh may have an injured ankle and left the camping area by foot. He doesn’t have any known medical issues.

Stambaugh’s car was found near a trailhead, and his friend is worried about a possible ankle injury, KTVK 3TV reported.

“The concern is maybe that’s why he’s not on the trail, he could’ve injured it again ... So they’re finally working off trail right now,” the friend, Lucy Hall-Berry, told the news outlet.

Rescuers looked for Stambaugh on trails and used a drone, KPNX reported.

Two bears were reported in the area after rangers found dead animals that were killed by them, the news outlet reported.

Stambaugh has gray hair, hazel eyes, weighs 180 pounds and is 5 feet, 9 inches tall.

Anyone with information can contact the sheriff’s office at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

Prescott is about 100 miles north of Phoenix.

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