Airman arrested in murder investigation of Mennonite woman Sasha Krause

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FLAGSTAFF, AZ (KRQE) – An arrest has been made in the Sasha Krause homicide case. Krause was a Mennonite woman who disappeared from Farmington in January and was later found dead in Arizona.

A photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office shows Mark Gooch. Gooch, an Air Force airman, was arrested Tuesday, April 21, 2020, in the death of a Mennonite woman whose body was found off a forest road in northern Arizona two months ago, authorities said. Sasha Krause, 27, was last seen Jan. 18 picking up items from the Farmington Mennonite Church in northwestern New Mexico where she taught Sunday school. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

According to a news release, detectives from Coconino County and San Juan County Sheriff’s departments served search warrants and arrested 21-year-old Mark Gooch at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona. Detectives with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office learned that during the time Sasha Krause went missing, Gooch had traveled to Farmington. Further investigation placed him near Sunset Crater in Coconino County where Krause’s body was later found.

Sasha Krause went missing on January 18, 2020. On Friday, February 21 around 3:47 p.m. Coconino County Sheriff deputies responded to an area off of Forest Service Road north of Flagstaff in response to a report of a dead body found by a camper. Deputies were able to locate the deceased female that was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Flagstaff.

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, February 22 regarding the victim who deputies say matched a general description of Krause. An autopsy that was later conducted confirmed it was the 27-year-old.

Multiple state and federal agencies worked together on the investigation. No other information has been released at this time because the investigation is still ongoing.

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