Scottsdale police will investigate today whether a body discovered Thursday evening by Phoenix police in a remote area of Camelback Mountain is the same person suspected of shooting a private investigator over a barking dog, officials said.
Police spotted the body on the north side of the mountain from a helicopter responding to an unrelated call about 6:45 p.m., said Phoenix police Sgt. Tim Shay. Officials were not able to recover the body or determine its gender, Shay said.
Phoenix fire crews and police officials plan to recover the body early this morning.
Scottsdale police suspect that Alan McMahon, 47, an unemployed electrical technician, shot the neighbor’s brother-in-law after fighting over a barking Rottweiler.
Michael Morris, 45, was killed about 4:45 p.m, shortly after arriving at his sister-inlaw’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., officials said Sunday. His van was found Monday morning on the southern base of Camelback Mountain. The manhunt that followed was unable to find McMahon.
"I would certainly say that any body that would be located on Camelback Mountain would be of great interest to us," said Scottsdale officer Scott Reed.
"Of course that’s because we know that is where McMahon abandoned his vehicle and one theory would be that he died on that mountain or took his life on that mountain."
Officials were not sure how the body ended up in such a remote area, but speculated the person could have fallen from a trail.