27-year-old woman’s body identified after being found by camper near Sunset Crater National Monument
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A body discovered near Sunset Crater National Monument was identified Feb. 24 as Sasha Krause, a 27-year-old female missing out of Farmington, New Mexico since Jan. 18.
Fingerprints taken at the scene were matched with the Texas Motor Vehicle Department’s Driver license records, to confirm her identity. The investigation is still ongoing by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office along with San Juan County Sheriff’s Office out of New Mexico, who were notified at the time of confirmation. The Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office is continuing their investigation to determine cause of death.
Krause’s body was found Feb. 21 around 3:47 p.m. when sheriff’s deputies responded to an area off Forest Service Road 545, north of Flagstaff along Highway 89, for the report of a possible dead body found by a camper.
The sheriff’s office had received a phone call from the Wupatki Ranger station, that an individual had found what was believed to be a dead body near their camp. While deputies from the Flagstaff district were responding to the area, assistance was requested from National Park Service and Forest Service, who were in the area to help locate the area given by the camper and secure the scene.
Once on scene, deputies were able to locate and confirm a deceased female. Coconino County Criminal Investigations and the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office were notified and responded to the area. Investigators worked through the night and into the next day before clearing the scene.
The victim was transported by the Medical Examiner’s Office to Flagstaff Feb. 21.
Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to ask for the public’s assistance with this incident. Anyone who may have recently seen anything suspicious in the area of Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monument is asked to contact Silent Witness at (928) 774-6111 or Coconino County Sheriff’s Detective Jones at (928) 226-5038, with any information.
Coconino County Sheriff’s Office along with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service for their assistance in this matter and the FBI for their assistance in helping to identify the victim.
Information provided by Coconino County Sheriff's Office