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Body of Beau Riddle found near site where his truck was last seen
Jul 25, 2022, 10:32 AM | Updated: Dec 29, 2022, 11:29 am
(Photo: Paul Murphy)
MOJAVE COUNTY, Ariz. — The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office says they’ve found the body of Beau Riddle, a man missing from Layton.
A search and rescue team reportedly found Riddle near where his car was last seen, near a gas station in Littlefield, Arizona. The team said there are no signs of foul play.
Riddle went missing while he was hauling a trailer from Arizona to Idaho for work.
Kim Riddle, Beau Riddle’s wife, issued the following statement on Tuesday afternoon:
I can’t believe we lost Beau this way and it only shows how quickly we can lose the ones we love. I’m grateful for everyone who has stepped up to support my family and me. I only wish Beau was here to see how many people love him and were touched by his humor and willingness to help anyone in need.”
This story will be updated.
Our original reporting follows:
LAYTON, Utah — A Utah man went missing while working in Arizona and the family fears he is in danger.
Beau Riddle, a 49-year-old father of six had been towing a fifth wheel on Friday, July 22 when he was last heard from by his employer. Riddle told them he was having a “nervous breakdown” and reported an overheating engine.
The trailer was found on Saturday, and his orange truck was discovered on Sunday morning near a gas stop in Littlefield, Arizona. Riddle’s family became concerned that foul play was involved when his truck was found Sunday.
Beau’s father who is in Littlefield to join the search said the truck was locked up when they found it and reported nothing was missing.
The family is working with the Mohave County Sheriff to expand the search area.
Mohave County search teams searched using a helicopter and dogs over the weekend.
Riddle had just delivered a fifth-wheel trailer in Littlefield for his new employer, Farm Boy Towing, and was about to take another trailer to Idaho on Friday. Farm Boy Towing manager Adrianne Nelson said Riddle’s last text messages were about having a “nervous breakdown.”
Nelson lost contact with Riddle at 4:47 p.m. on Friday after she made arrangements for a hotel for him and another driver to pick up the trailer.
“I’m confused and heartbroken for his family,” said Nelson. “I want him to be found safe.”
Kim Riddle, Beau’s wife said her husband had been very upbeat all week and was excited about how his expensive new truck hitch was doing such a good job.
“I’m just really concerned about his safety and well-being,” she said.
According to a family friend and spokesperson, Paul Murphy, Riddle is 5’6’’, weighs 240 pounds, and has brown hair with a closely shaven beard.
Officials urge anyone with information about Riddle to call the Layton Police Department at 801-497-8300 or the Mohave County Sheriff’s Department at 928-768-7055.
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