The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said human remains were found late Friday night in a burned vehicle that had rolled off Willow Drive. Agency spokeswoman Trish Carter said the body is believed to be that of Patrick Andrew LaHaie.
The 47-year-old Michigan man was reported missing from his sister’s home in Mohave Valley on July 11. The Mohave County Medical examiner will attempt to make positive identification and determine a cause of death.
Fire department personnel were dispatched early Saturday to the burned vehicle about 2 1/2 miles east of the end of the pavement on Willow Drive, said Don Gibson, a fire marshal with the Mohave Valley Fire Department.
“On arrival, crews found a rolled over vehicle that had burned,” Gibson said. “The fire was out. Crews reported that the fire had happened several days prior to the call.”
Private investigators found the crash scene, Carter said.
“Our family is extremely grateful to Lyle Sharman and his search and rescue investigators,” said LaHaie’s sister, Barbara Dillon. “I think God brought them into our lives for a reason; within hours, they were able to find Patrick.”
“We were able to determine that after speaking with his sister Saturday, Patrick had gone out to the Fort Mohave Smokeshop on Willow Drive,” Sharman said. “Employees there remembered him, and reported that he seemed to be having some car trouble.”
LaHaie apparently drove eastbound on Willow, past the pavement and onto a dirt road, Sharman said. He had turned around and was heading westward, back toward the river, when his car left the unpaved road, flipping numerous times and catching on fire.
“The debris field was 300 to 400 feet long,” he said. “It was a severe accident.”
The investigators were able to match parts of the vehicle and contents to the 1998 Black Dodge Durango belonging to LaHaie, Sharman said.