Missing man believed to be decomposing body found in truck

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FLORENCE - The following is a press release from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office:

On June 10, 2009 at approximately 10:00 a.m., Pinal County Sheriff's Office was contacted by Air National Guard Pilots who reported they had seen a truck in the desert area near Brady Pump and Houser roads on the Northwest side of Newman Peak in Pinal County.They advised they were able to fly low enough to obtain a license plate number.Deputies subsequently ran a registration check on the vehicle and the registration revealed the truck was the same truck involved in the Richard F. Unger (07/12/1969) missing person case being jointly investigated by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office and Coolidge Police Department.

Investigators assigned to the case were immediately notified and responded to the scene.When investigators arrived on scene they were able to confirm the truck was in fact the truck Richard F. Unger was driving when he disappeared from Coolidge on May 25, 2009. Inside the truck, investigators located the significantly decomposed body of a male victim. The clothing the victim was wearing matched the clothing description provided to investigators at the time of Richard Unger's disappearance but due to the advanced decomposition of the male victim, investigators could not positively identify him at the scene.

The victim was transported to the Pima County Medical Examiners Office where an autopsy and dental records comparison will be performed to confirm the identity of the victim.