FLAGSTAFF, Arizona — Coconino County officials have ruled that one person in a couple that was found dead in a wooded area of the San Francisco Peaks was killed in an apparent homicide.
Searchers found the bodies of Flagstaff residents 23-year-old Ashley Darby and 35-year-old Jeriah Hildwine Sept. 23.
The Arizona Daily Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1HzYzBz ) that the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office has declared Darby's death a homicide. Officials declared Hildwine's death a suicide.
Sheriff's spokesman Gerry Blair said a suicide note was found in Darby's vehicle at a trailhead parking lot and that the bodies were found about 1/3 of a mile away.
The couple was reported missing in early September.
Information from: Arizona Daily Sun, http://www.azdailysun.com/