Navajo Police confirms body of a missing man recovered

New Mexico

FORT DEFIANCE, AZ (KRQE) – The Navajo Police Department confirms it has located the body of a missing elderly man following a week-long search effort.

Authorities say 94-year-old Dennis Hardy Sr. was found Sunday afternoon after he was reported missing on Sunday, Sep. 15 by his family after they did not find him in his home. Search efforts lasted throughout the week and involved the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Apache County Sheriff’s Office, as well as members of the community.

“The Navajo Police Department extends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dennis Hardy, Sr. As a community, we remained hopeful for a fortunate outcome. It is our prayer that the family can find some comfort with the closure of this tragic event. We want to thank our partner law enforcement agencies and community volunteers for their tireless efforts in searching for Mr. Hardy,” said Chief Francisco.

Details remain limited, but the Navajo Times reports he was found in an arroyo about two miles from his home.

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