Cochise County Sheriff's Office officials are searching for a suspect connected to the alleged assault of a National Park Service employee Wednesday in the Chiricahua Mountains, south of Willcox.
An official discovered an unconscious 60-year-old woman in a picnic area restroom around 3:20 p.m. The official reported the woman appeared to have head trauma and it was unknown if she had fallen.
The woman was transported via air ambulance to a local hospital where she remains in critical but stable condition, according to officials.
A National Park Service employee later discovered the victim's government vehicle was missing. Sheriff's Officers tracked her cell phone, which was in the vehicle at the time it was reportedly stolen. The vehicle was located at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Douglas and is now being processed for evidence.
"We have all available resources dedicated to this case and we are working closely with our local, state, and federal partners to identify the suspects who apparently seriously injured a federal employee, before stealing her vehicle and fleeing the area," Sheriff Dannels said. "We will be diligent in our efforts to find those who are responsible for this senseless act and our thoughts and prayers are with her family in this very sad and stressful time."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Cochise County Sheriff's Office at (520) 432-9500.
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