Efforts to identify a drowning victim found in Lake Havasu earlier this month have led Mohave County officials to release a photo of the remains online. The image can be seen on Facebook accounts of the Mohave County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.
According to sheriff’s office communications director Anita Mortensen, publishing a photo of the deceased online is an unusual step for Mohave County law enforcement, but county officials hope that doing so will aid in bringing swift identification to the victim and closure to his family.
“We’re trying to assist the medical examiner, and get the victim identified,” Mortensen said. “We’re hoping that by releasing the photo, we can help get the information out to the his family and get them some closure. (Releasing this image) is kind of unheard of, but the media could be of assistance in identifying this man. They can publish the image or not – we understand that people might find it unsettling.”
The victim was located in the water Oct. 5 at a Lake Havasu City boat rental business. He was described by deputies as fully clothed when he was found, wearing a blue George brand polo shirt, a green undershirt, size 40x30 Wrangler jeans, and size 10.5 blue Athletic Works tennis shoes. The victim was of Asian descent, and was estimated to be between 50 and 60 years of age. Deputies also say the victim wore dentures.
An image of the victim’s remains can be viewed on Facebook accounts belonging to the Mohave County Medical Examiner’s Office and sheriff’s office. The image will not be published by Today’s News-Herald’s print edition, but can be seen here, at viewer's discretion: https://www.havasunews.com/sheriff-s-office-still-attempting-to-identify-drowning-victim/image_ed24309e-f4f3-11e9-a71a-336b9156d98b.html
Anyone with information as to the identity of the deceased, or the circumstances involved in his death is encouraged to contact the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at 928-753-0753, or toll free at 1-800-522-4312.