Is missing man a victim of foul play?

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Police are trying to determine if an assault or crime took place inside a camper parked outside a Phoenix home as they continue their search for a missing man.

Joseph Hight, 35, was last seen on Sept. 27, according to Sgt. Jonathan Howard of the Phoenix Police Department.

Worried family and friends contacted police Wednesday to report him missing, saying they were concerned for his welfare.

So far, police have not been able to locate Hight, and are now asking for the public's help.

Investigators responded to a corner lot in the area of 18th Street and Grovers Avenue, which is northeast of 16th Street and Bell Road, at about 10 p.m. Thursday, one day after Hight was reported missing. That location is that last place Hight was known to be.

Police were on the scene all night and into Friday morning, scouring the camper and surrounding area for evidence.

Detectives so far have not found any indication that Hight met with foul play. At this time, the case is classified as a missing person investigation.

While police have released a photo of Hight, above, they have not released any information about him beyond his name and age.

The only thing officers said in regard to Thursday night's search is that they have been called to the address, which is right next to Echo Mountain Primary School, on at least one previous occasion. They have not, however, said if that is Hight's residence.

If you know anything about Hight or where he might be, call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151 and Silent Witness at either 480-WITNESS (948-6377) or 1-800-343-TIPS (8477). Spanish speakers may call 480-TESTIGO (837-8446).