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Jul 19, 2014 1:53 AM by Lupita Murillo

July Cold Case: Left for dead in the desert

TUCSON - Keith Reynolds struggled with alcohol addiction. Sheriff's detectives say according to friends and family he was trying to get his life together when someone viciously took it away.

His body was found on December 10, 1986, in an advance state of decomposition. Autopsy report shows the 48 year old Reynolds was shot in the head. He was found in the desert off of Soldier Trail Road and Snyder Road.

Detective Ryan O'Connor tells News 4 Crime Trackers, "Mr. Reynolds was last seen by his wife on November 15, 1986 by his wife."

He was supposed to visit his brother before heading back to Wilcox where he worked for the Cochise Community Counseling Service.

"As a recovering alcoholic himself he worked as a counselor and did clerical work."

On November 20th the agency called the wife and asked why he hadn't reported to work? But it wasn't until December 3rd, his wife filed a missing person's report.

Eight days before Reynolds car had been green tagged, meaning it was abandoned in the desert and the owner needed to get it towed. The same deputy went back on December 10th and found the car still there. A records check said it belonged to a missing person.

"The Sheriff's Department's Search and Rescue unit responded and located the body of Mr. Reynolds."

It was about 100 yards from the car, and it's the evidence inside that may help detectives find some new leads due to advancements in technology. "We're still reviewing what forensic evidence we can submit which we may be able to submit at this time that we might not have been able to submit back then. "

But detectives are working against a number of factors even back then.
The crime scene was already a month old back in '86,the condition of the body
And now, it's been nearly 30 years.

Detective O'Connor added, "We never give up. This man deserves justice."
If you have information on this case or any cold case call 88-CRIME or 911. If you have a story, email crime trackers @kvoa.com.

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