COCHISE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Among many things, Mary Black will be remembered for her honesty, demand for fairness, and roping skill.
"When we were rodeoing, it didn't matter if it was somebody else's kids and they were going to beat us, as long as the decision was fair," said her daughter, Mary Ann Black.
She said that her mother was spirited and independent and that a community of people across southern Arizona knew her. Mary Ann Black stated that law enforcement should have kept her better informed about the search for her 86 year-old mother, whom she said suffered from Alzheimer's, after she disappeared from her St. David home two weeks ago. Instead of Cochise County, her mother's white SUV was found south of Arizona City more than a week ago. Then, on Saturday, her body was found a mile away from where her vehicle had been.
"That's part of what makes me so upset. You know, I had such a huge network, if they would have just given us the information, we'd have been searching. Because we spent days searching over here in Cochise County when we needed to be searching over there," Mary Ann Black said.
The Cochise County sheriff department said that an investigation is underway to find out what information different law enforcement agencies received, when they responded and how they did so. Mary Ann Black said that her mother could have been found before meeting a tragic end. An autopsy must be completed before an official cause of death is released.
"Mom left on her own terms. I can live with that. What I can't live with is she didn't have to die out there in the cold, by herself, and it's going to be a long time getting over this," she said.