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[Case Resolution] Remains found on Mt Elden, AZ in 2019 identified as Mark Austin Dunne



Intermountain Forensics (IMF) joins our partner, the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, in announcing that remains located by a hiker in a heavily wooded area at the base of Mount Elden near Flagstaff, Arizona in 2019 have been successfully identified as Mark Austin Dunne. He had been missing since March 18, 2017, after not contacting his family for an extended period. More information regarding this investigation can be found in the information release shared by the Coconino County Sheriff's Office here.

 

We would like to personally thank all of the partners involved in this meticulous process: the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, the Coconino County Office of the Medical Examiner, the Phoenix Police Department, and the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification.

 

We would like to specifically thank the amazing team of IMF forensic investigative genetic genealogists for their dedication and hard work in resolving a very difficult identification:

 

  • Alison Wilde (Director of Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy)

  • Andrea McCarthy (Team Leader)

  • Justina Cook

  • Elizabeth Marshall

  • Jaclyn Johnson

  • Christina Cline

  • Michelle Mullenbach

We cannot be more honored and proud of our IMF team members and the impact they bring to our laboratory and the communities we serve.

 

We are forever grateful for the trust and cooperation given to our laboratory by our loyal partners in their unyielding efforts to continue to provide names to those souls that have been lost over the years. Intermountain Forensics extends our warmest and heartfelt condolences to Mark's family, friends, and loved ones. Understandably, the family has requested privacy at this time, and we kindly ask everyone in the IMF community to respect their wishes.

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