Sheriff’s deputies began contacting campers and handing out flyers with pictures of 51-year-old Benjamin Mota and 38-year-old Melisa Rose Wheeler, both from Oregon.
One camper recognized the woman and identified the couple’s camping location.
(Coconino County Sheriff's Office)
Authorities said Wheeler was found dead at the campsite. Details about how she died weren’t immediately released.
They said Mota returned to Oregon in the victim’s vehicle and was arrested on unrelated charges.
Mota is jailed in Oregon on a $1 million cash bond on suspicion of second-degree murder as he awaits extradition to northern Arizona.
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