The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday that a body found at Lake Pleasant is that of a missing Navy vet.
Joseph Casey, 34, vanished from the north end of Lake Pleasant on June 21. His body was found the evening of Friday, July 6 in the area of Castle Creek and French Creek roads.
The Maricopa County Medical Examiner made the identification Monday morning.
“The cause of death has not yet been determined and the suspicious circumstances surrounding his disappearance is still under investigation,” Sgt. Calbert Gillett said in an email to media outlets.
On June 28, MCSO said foul play was not suspected in Casey's disappearance.
The 34-year-old Navy veteran and off-roading enthusiast had his Jeep break down in the rugged terrain near the lake, MCSO said. A woman was with Casey at the time, and she reportedly told investigators after his vehicle broke down, Casey got into another unknown vehicle. That is the last time he was seen alive.
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