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    AZ - Ira Eastman, 56, Payson, 15 March 2004

    When Peggy Tepolt returned from an appointment early Monday morning, she said it was clear someone had forced entry into her home. But the intruders appear to have only taken one thing -- her husband.
    http://www.paysonroundup.com/section...ad/story/14518

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    Sadly, no longer missing

    Ira is no longer missing; his body was found in the East Verde River on April 18. What information the police have released is in the Payson Roundup. He was my brother.

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    I am so sorry to hear that Choirboy. I can't begin to imagine how you must feel. Please know that I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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    I'm so sorry Choirboy

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    Choirboy,
    I am so sorry you and your family are going through this nightmare. Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by choirboy
    Ira is no longer missing; his body was found in the East Verde River on April 18. What information the police have released is in the Payson Roundup. He was my brother.
    Choirboy, I too am so terribly sorry. I see you haven't posted here before and I hope we will hear from you again. This is an awful tragedy for your family and hopefully you might want to share your feeling's here with us.
    Hope you will accept this invitation.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxoooo
    mama

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    The Payson Police Department and the Gila County Sheriff's Office are following what they call "substantial leads" in the murder of 56-year-old Payson resident, Ira Eastman.

    A crime scene technician from the Department of Public Safety lab dusted for fingerprints at Ira Eastman's home on Luke Street last week. Payson Police Lt. Don Engler said investigators are piecing together the physical evidence and conducting interviews to get the the bottom of who murdered the 56-year-old.

    "We haven't made any arrests," Payson Police Lt. Don Engler said, "but we have been working quite a few good leads that have allowed us to focus our investigation."

    Engler confirmed that Eastman was shot to death prior to being dumped into the East Verde River off Houston Mesa Road.

    http://www.paysonroundup.com/section...ve/story/14588

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    Thanks to you all for your kind thoughts. I found this forum while searching for news reports on my brother. I'll post links to all the reports I have to date below.

    I'm generally able to keep the investigation and feelings of personal loss separate, so I don't mind discussing either. I am, of course, interested in seeing the person or persons responsible for Ira's death caught and kept from harming anyone else. Even more important, I want people to know what kind of person my brother was, and to celebrate the life of a good, kind and gentle man.

    In the coming weeks I'll be putting something together on my personal website, and I'll provide a link for anyone who's interested.

    Michael

    http://www.paysonroundup.com/section...ad/story/14518

    http://www.paysonroundup.com/section...ad/story/14588

    http://www.paysonroundup.com/section...ad/story/14693

    http://www.newportnewstimes.com/arti...ews/news14.txt

    http://www.newportnewstimes.com/arti...ews/news08.txt

    http://www.fox11az.com/news/state/st....90f0444b.html

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    Choirboy,
    Thank you for posting the links. I read the articles, and am glad the LE has leads which will hopefully lead to the arrest of the person(s) responsible. Your brother sounds like a very interesting and kind person. Please keep us posted.

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    Just a start

    There will be more to come, but for now it's just Ira's name and a picture, the last one taken of him:

    http://dialoregon.net/newport/family/ira/

    I have a number of pictures, gathered and scanned for what turned out to be a wonderful slide show for his Celebration of Life. I'll have to sort it down to a reasonable number of kilobytes, though.


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    choirboy,
    I have read all the links and it sounds like they took him with only the intent to kill him. Was anything taken? Was his wallet missing? If it was maybe someone took him to make him withdrawal money, but I really don't get that impression. What about his stepsons? Did they get along? Were they possible of setting this up? The wife? Did she have anything to gain by getting rid of him? I hope my questions don't upset you, but I'm sure they have been asked already. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope they find who did this to your brother.

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    My understanding was that nothing was missing from the house. This happened between 6 and 7 am and his glasses were left on the nightstand, so I doubt that he was even dressed. So far as questions about the family go, of course these are things the police must look into, but I have no such suspicions and prefer not to go there. It doesn't unduly distress me that such questions must be asked; it's just that I have no desire for such thoughts to occupy my mind.

    I expect that it may take some time for the Payson PD and Gila County SO to work the case to a conclusion. I hope that the crime scene was handled well, and that they have tenacious investigators.

    My main focus, of course, is on taking care of the family and honoring the life and legacy of my brother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by choirboy
    Ira is no longer missing; his body was found in the East Verde River on April 18. What information the police have released is in the Payson Roundup. He was my brother.
    I think you just made an ordinary mistake........I do it all the time. I think he was found In March...........Easy to do. Would you please keep us up-dated.............he sound's like a wonderful person, a wonderful brother.
    I think someone in the family is involved. What are your thought's about this?

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooo
    m,ama

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    Correction

    Yes, you're correct, Ira's body was found on March 18, three days after he disappeared.

    It is highly likely that someone known to the family was involved. I do not personally believe that any family member was involved; however the police are investigating that, as they should.

    I will post any new information as it becomes available, as well as more about Ira's life, as I have time. Right now I'm a little busy writing Thank-yous to everyone. We are blessed to have the love and support of many people in both communities.

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    Added Pictures

    I've added two more pictures (large files) and improved the formatting:

    http://dialoregon.net/newport/family/ira/

    More pages to come.

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