Missing St. David woman found dead in Pima County

2013-12-07T14:07:00Z 2013-12-09T13:56:35Z Missing St. David woman found dead in Pima CountyKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

An elderly St. David woman, who disappeared last month, has been found dead in the desert west of Picacho.

Mary Black, 86, left her home Nov. 24, in a white, 1991 Ford Explorer. Black, who had dementia, hadn't driven in at least a decade.

The SUV was found by a hunter at about 9 a.m. last Saturday southwest of Picacho Peak.

Search and rescue teams from the Pima County Sheriff's Department were deployed to the area, but failed to find Black.

Today, searchers from Cochise, Pinal and Pima counties returned to the area south of Arizona City to continue searching. Black’s body was found in a brushy area, about a mile from where her SUV was found, Carol Capas, spokeswoman for the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, said.

An autopsy will be conducted by the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office to try to determine the cause of death, she said.

Because several agencies were involved in the search, it could take a couple of weeks to combine all of the information and determine what happened to Black, Capas said.

Black “frequently went to the vehicle and sat inside without attempting to leave the area,” Capas said early in the search. “On one other occasion, Mary Black did take the vehicle and was located a short distance away in the parking lot of a convenience store.”

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