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Posted: Friday, April 11, 2003 12:10 pm | Updated: 1:27 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Scottsdale police have tentatively identified the body of man recovered from Camelback Mountain this morning as that of Scottsdale murder suspect Alan McMahon.

Identification was made through the contents of a wallet found on the body, Scottsdale Police officer Scott Reed said.

No cause or manner of death was released and there were no obvious signs of suicide, Reed said, but "there was some indication the body either fell or he leaped a distance."

A Phoenix Police Department helicopter and Phoenix fire crew transported the body to a waiting ambulance at the end of Cholla Street in Phoenix about 10:30 a.m. Friday.

The body was discovered in a remote area on the northeast side of Camelback Mountain about 6:45 p.m. Thursday by a Phoenix helicopter crew responding to an unrelated call.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for McMahon, 47, suspected of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of private investigator Michael Morris in Scottsdale on Sunday.

McMahon, an unemployed electrical technician, is accused of shooting Morris, 45, in the head behind Morris' brother's home near Granite Reef and Indian School roads after an argument over a barking Rottweiler.

Morris, 45, died about 4:45 p.m, shortly after arriving at his sister-in-law's house to help with a disgruntled McMahon, police said. McMahon was last seen driving off in a van from his family's home at 8421 E. Clarendon Ave. His van was found Monday morning near the southern base of Camelback Mountain. An ensuing manhunt was unable to locate McMahon.

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