Sweat-lodge deaths now homicide investigation

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

SEDONA -- Authorities looking into the deaths of two people at a Sedona-area sweat lodge are now treating the case as a homicide investigation.

Two people died and 19 nineteen people needed medical treatment after participating in a two-hour sweat-lodge ceremony Oct. 8.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says those deaths were not an accident and that the organizer of the event, James Arthur Ray, is a person of interest in the case.

Investigators say Ray has not been willing to speak to them.

They served a search warrant at his corporate office in California on Wednesday.

Two people remain hospitalized Thursday. One person is listed in critical condition and the other is in good condition.