The death of a man found last month near the Johnson Ranch community has been ruled an accidental drowning, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
The victim, 32-year-old Jeffrey Myers, lived in the Copper Basin community. He had been drinking at a bar and later at a house party before he went missing early Sept. 3. His body was found Sept. 5 in an irrigation canal near his home.
Myers’ father, Bill of Mesa, said he was pleased with the investigators’ work.
But Myers’ next-door neighbor, Kale Kelly, said neither he nor other close neighbors had been interviewed in the case. Kelly said he heard Myers had been in an argument the night he disappeared.
Sheriff’s officials reported that Myers apparently decided to walk home about 3:30 a.m. Sept. 3. They credited “fatigue, poor weather and lighting, and alcohol” as contributing to Myers’ falling into the canal.
Myers’ father said the family has to accept the results of the investigation. “That’s all we can do,” he said.
But Kelly remained suspicious of the incident.
“Jeff never walked anywhere,” Kelly said, citing Myers’ behavior during the five years they had been good friends.
Autopsy reports said there were no signs of injury.