Peoria man found dead in Yavapai County creek

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The body of George Wesley Montgomery, 43, was found in Beaver Creek along Bell Trail in Wet Beaver Creek Canyon by hikers on Thursday morning. (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office) The body of George Wesley Montgomery, 43, was found in Beaver Creek along Bell Trail in Wet Beaver Creek Canyon by hikers on Thursday morning. (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)
PRESCOTT, AZ (CBS5) -

Deputies are calling the death of a Peoria man who was found in a creek in Yavapai County on Thursday "suspicious" and are looking to the public for help with the case.

The body of George Wesley Montgomery, 43, was found in Beaver Creek along Bell Trail in Wet Beaver Creek Canyon by hikers on Thursday morning, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said.

Montgomery had been shot and a firearm was found near his body, but Montgomery was in contact with family members Wednesday night and there was an indication he was hiking on Bell Trail, the sheriff's office said.

Detectives were continuing to investigate until the cause of death could be determined.

Montgomery was driving a 2002 white GMC Envoy that was found at a turnout area near the trail, the sheriff's office said.

He was described as 6'2" tall and was wearing a yellow shirt and shorts.

The sheriff's office said anyone who was hiking on Bell Trail between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday is asked to call Detective John McDormett at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232.

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