Investigation of Possible Homicide-Suicide Near Wahweap

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Date: June 2, 2017
Contact: Lieutenant Bret Axlund, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, (928) 697-8705
Contact: Chief Deputy Alan Alldredge, Kane County Sheriff's Office, (435) 689-0143
Contact: Mary Plumb, (928) 608-6202

On June 2, 2017 at approximately 6:00 am the National Park Service Dispatch received a report of two deceased subjects near the Wahweap Swim Beach parking area of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Deputies from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Kane County Sheriff’s Office, and National Park Service Rangers responded to the scene and located a 37 year old male and 25 year old female subject from the Page area deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. The deceased have been identified as Raelle Begay and Matthew Franklin both of Page, AZ.
There are no outstanding suspects or concerns for public safety at this time. The incident is being investigated as a possible homicide suicide. 
Due to the close proximity of the Utah/Arizona state line, this incident is being investigated through coordinated efforts of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the National Park Service.     
Additional details are not available at this time, but will be provided via similar joint media releases as the investigation continues. 

Last updated: June 2, 2017

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