Las Vegas missing man found dead in AZ desert

Annette Arreola

Las Vegas missing man found dead in AZ desert

CREATED Jul. 22, 2011

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - The search for a Las Vegas man has ended tragically. His body was found in the Arizona desert.

But his family is insisting his disappearance and death are so bizarre, it doesn't add up.

"I don't see why anyone would do this to him, or why he'd do this to himself," said Kim Fox, the mother of 23-year-old Charlie Fox, who went missing June 14. His body was discovered a week later around mile marker 8 in Arizona near Lake Mead.

"Nothing made sense...Other than he was just going to the corner store for 5 minutes," added Kim, who says she said good-by to Charlie before heading out to a job interview. Moments later, at 10:26 am, a neighbor's surveillance camera caught Charlie driving away in his red Mitsubishi. It was the last time he was seen alive.

"His glasses and cell phone were on the counter, where they were when I left," said Kim.

According Kim, Charlie was not a hiker and had never been out to the area were he was found. She says he had no mental problems and despite having left his job a while ago, she insists her son was not suicidal. And the initial explanation by the Lake Havasu medical examiners office that Charlie possibly died from "environmental exposure" didn't convince her either.

While she continues her quest for answers, the family has begun the grieving process, placing a cross near the lake in Charlie's memory. The Lake Havasu medical examiners office will be performing an autopsy as soon as they get the results from the toxicology reports. In the mean time, Kim hopes that anyone who may have seen charlie in the hours or days before his death will come forward and talk to police.