Sedona homicide victims identified


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Crystal Cruz

Posted on January 6, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 10 at 3:17 PM

SEDONA, Ariz. -- The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office released the names of two New Hampshire  residents who were found shot to death near Sedona.

The bodies of James Johnson, 63, of Jaffrey, N.H., and Carol Raynsford, 63, of Nelson, N.H., were found inside a car parked at a scenic overlook near Highway 89A about 10 miles southwest of the town late Friday morning.

A group of people in an off-road club spotted the burgundy Subaru and found the victims dead from gunshot wounds.

"We have evidence to indicate that one or more suspects fired rounds from outside the vehicle and struck both victims," said sheriff’s office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn.

D'Evelyn said several callers reported seeing a pickup truck in the immediate area prior to the homicides being discovered. It was described as a 1998 to 2002 Dodge or Chevy 1/2-ton truck with an older white camper shell and faded white paint. It had red ribbons hanging from the rear-view mirror. He said the occupants are likely armed and dangerous.

D'Evelyn said this does not preclude other vehicles that might be involved in this incident. The sheriff's office asks everyone to continue to report suspect and suspect vehicle information if known.

Detectives would also like to locate people associated with two different vehicles seen parked in proximity to the Subaru Thursday evening and encourage them to call YCSO immediately.

The caliber of rounds fired has been determined as .223 based on shell casings recovered at the scene. These rounds can be used in the firearms pictured above, as well as others.

If you have seen someone in possession of such a weapon exhibiting suspicious tendencies and associate those circumstances with actions related to this incident, contact YCSO at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. A $1,000 reward is being offered for any tip via Silent Witness resulting in an arrest. You can also email the Sheriff's Office directly at