Authorities identify body found by hikers in Oak Creek CanyonPosted: Updated:
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A body that was found in Oak Creek Canyon on May 27 has been identified as a Washington state man who was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service.
Two hikers found the body of Stephen Buck, 47, off of state Route 89A.
Coconino County sheriff's deputies responded to the area and found the body lying facedown behind some trees by a creek.
The body was fully clothed and investigators did not observe any signs of injuries or blunt trauma that would be consistent with an assault or some other manner of foul play, according to sheriff's office spokesman Gerry Blair.
He said detectives found several types of controlled substances or narcotics in close proximity to the body.
Investigators found a key for a U-Haul vehicle in Buck's pocket and matched it to a van that was parked along SR 89A. The van was reported as stolen by the renting agency.
Investigators learned that there was an active U.S. Marshal federal warrant for Buck that was initiated by the Department of Drug Enforcement in California.
Detectives said Buck may have died as the result of a self-induced drug overdose. His death is still being investigated.