01-14-2009, 06:10 PM #1
AZ - Mark Russell Irby, 51, Coconino County, 2 Jan 2009
The Coconino County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a missing person in the Forest Lakes area.
Mark Russell Irby, 51, told his family Friday morning that he'd be going for a short ride on his ATV, but he never returned home.
Irby is described as a five-foot ten-inch tall white male, weighing 175 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and prescription glasses.
He was not dressed for extreme weather. He was last seen wearing a denim shirt, jeans and "Croc"-style shoes and socks.
Irby's ATV is a red Bombardier with Arizona License Plate 36B-175, which he is known to ride near Forest Service Road 237 and his home subdivision.
Irby takes medicine for high blood pressure, but has no other known medical conditions.
If you have any information on Irby's whereabouts, please contact the Coconino County Sheriff's Office at (928) 774-4523.
This is the only update i can find about him
Saturday, January 10, 2009
County searchers are planning to use an airplane with special scanning equipment in hopes of finding a Valley man reported missing near Forest Lakes last week.
According to information from the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, Mark R. Irby, 51, went on an all-terrain vehicle ride on Friday, Jan. 2. He was scheduled to be gone for a only short time and was not dressed for the wintry conditions. Beginning Thursday, searchers were helped with the use of a special aircraft that has scanning equipment that is able to search for colors not consistent with the terrain -- like Irby's red ATV. The ground and air search will continue through the weekend.
So far, searchers have logged more than 1,100 hours looking for Irby. Aircraft have contributed another 14 hours of searching.
01-15-2009, 04:03 PM #2
Interesting but I don't think it's connected:
"The Arizona Republic says a lien was placed against Irby's Chandler home in early December by his homeowner's association, which claims Irby and his wife, Lynn, owe $483 in HOA fees.""Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind." ~ Henry James
01-20-2009, 01:19 PM #3
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01-21-2009, 10:32 AM #4
Archive for Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Search for missing man scaled back
"After two weeks of exhaustive searching for a missing architect in the Forest Lakes area, searchers have scaled back their efforts, authorities said.
Dozens of searchers have scoured the Forest Lakes area for any sign of Mark Russell Irby, 51, who was last seen Jan. 2 around 10 a.m. by family before he headed out for a short ride on his red ATV.
So far, searchers have found no trace of Irby or his ATV.
“We have no reason to believe foul play at this time,” said Gerry Blair, of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. “But we still have Forest Service, deputies and detectives following up on any clues. We are certainly not closing the case.”
Deputies will continue driving the roads throughout the area for any sign of Irby, Blair said.""Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind." ~ Henry James
01-31-2009, 02:56 PM #5
UPDATE: Reward offered in search for missing ATV rider
FLAGSTAFF --A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the recovery of Mark Russell Irby and his ATV.
Irby, who has served on Chandler's planning and zoning commission since 2002, was last seen when he left his home in the Forest Lakes area at about 10 a.m. on Jan. 2.
Irby was riding a red Bombardier ATV with Arizona license plate DV4X.
Irby is on prescribed medication for an existing medical condition and did not have it with him when he went out riding.
According to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, ongoing efforts to locate Irby are limited but continuous.
Donations to the search effort can be made to The Jim Irby Search Fund at Wells Fargo Bank.
Anyone with information should contact the Coconino County Sheriff' Department at 1-800-338-7888 or 928-774-4523
02-21-2009, 01:53 AM #6
Printable flier for Mark Irby. Two good photos on it: one good clear photo of Mark and another of him on the atv that he went missing on. Also lists vital info for Mark as well as contact numbers & reward information.
03-03-2009, 11:59 PM #7
Chandler man's disappearance still puzzling
"Two months ago, 51-year-old architect Mark Irby ran an office in Tempe and was vice chairman of Chandler's Planning and Zoning Commission. He posed for photos with city officials at awards ceremonies and made policy statements on city developments. Then, on Jan. 2, he disappeared.
Now city officials are scratching their heads over what happened and are puzzled that they're no longer hearing about efforts to find him.
"It's like he dropped off the face of the Earth," said Hank Pluster, a retired city-planning executive."
more of the article at this link: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articl...1irby0301.html
I've just glanced at some of the comments left for this article and must say some are interesting.
It leaves a person scratching their head: he left to ride the ATV in sandals and inappropriate clothing for the weather... his brother says he's not the type to do something rash and that he's level-headed.... a few weeks before going missing he got his affairs in order as far as transferring his home, a rental home, and business property from individual ownership to a trust. Some of these things say level-headed and some say rash... or possibly both? I am not sure what to think.
No signs of him.
03-16-2009, 10:55 PM #8
Missing Person's ATV Found
The red Bombardier all-terrain vehicle that missing person Mark Russell Irby was last seen riding has been located, said the Coconino County Sheriff.
Reports say two men from Snowflake who were hunting and fishing in the area late Saturday found the abandoned ATV just off Forest Service Road, about 12 miles from Irby's home in Forest Lakes.
On Sunday, 11 deputies, officers and volunteers from Coconino County searched the area. Intensive search efforts will continue this week.
03-20-2009, 01:13 AM #9
Thanks for the update Tonia!
here's another article about finding the ATV:
"The vehicle was intact," Driscoll said. "The men had been hunting for several days when they discovered it. It was about a mile off of a main road. It appeared to have been sitting there, and its tires were clean. It wasn't dirty as if it had been running on the road."
Driscoll described the area where the hunters discovered the ATV as very thick and heavily wooded and just became accessible to hikers or hunters after the snow had melted away and the mud had dried, Driscoll said.
And when they say it wasn't dirty they aren't mincing words... if you enlarge the pic at Tonia's link... it's spit and polish shiney clean.
03-20-2009, 03:47 AM #10
It appears he transferred property into a trust.
Then, he disappears while on an atv ride.
Two and one half months later, the red atv is found, all shiny and new looking,
in an area that had been covered by snow.
Either, he has staged his own disappearance
someone caused his disappearnce.
IMHO.God has a plan to help bring justice to the world -- and his plan is us.
Source: Founder, International
03-22-2009, 05:09 PM #11
Hi dreamweaver - I have had a hard time getting past the idea of him going for (my take) a quick ride on the ATV in inappropriate clothes & shoes just before the family was to leave the vacation home and go back to their residence home. Was it just a "child-like" one last ride before we get back to the real world and no more vacation (which is how it comes off to me considering there are no other details of his quick last ride being offered) or was he on a mission to accomplish something... a quick meet-up to conduct some sort of business and it goes wrong... or a quick ride to disappear?
I wonder how well-liked he was among other P&Z commission members, what their latest agendas would have been, etc. I wonder if he had architectural dealings that were in conflict with P&Z duties. I wonder what type of hunting may be going on in early January in that area - guided or not. I wonder if, with the economy falling, the heightened stresses of holidays that had just been, if there were other family stressors going on to be considered (tho I don't recall reading of any)... much to be wondered here and little detail other than 'he took a ride and didn't come back'.
With the ATV showing up in such spectacular condition, I'm confused in a more skeptical way... and I hate the feeling.
06-08-2009, 07:59 PM #12
Body of missing ATV rider discovered
The body of a man who disappeared in early January while riding an ATV has been discovered.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Officer reports human remains found at Chevlon Canyon Lake on Sunday afternoon were positively identified as Mark Russell Irby. Four Phoenix-area residents found the body and notified officials.
Irby’s body was about 12 miles northwest from where the ATV was found abandoned on March 14.
A Flagstaff dentist positively identified the body as Irby through dental records. The medical examiner has not yet determined the cause of death.
06-08-2009, 10:52 PM #13
wow....did not see that coming, at all.
06-14-2009, 03:06 AM #14
Couple more articles:
On March 14, hunters found Irby’s ATV about 10 miles from the subdivision. Irby’s body was found about two miles away from the ATV, and 12 miles from home.
The Chevelon Canyon Lake area was not included in the initial search grid, based on Irby’s past riding behavior, his plans to take a short ride and the winter weather, officials said previously.
Irby was last seen riding his ATV but was not thought to have ventured out as far as the lake.
"His intention was to take a short ride around the neighborhood. I'm surprised we found the ATV that far away from his home," Gerry Blair, public information officer for the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, said in March.
His body was found about 12 miles northwest of his Forest Lakes home and about 2.2 miles from the ATV.
Irby was not dressed for handling the extreme winter weather for an extended period of time.
"There was significant snowpack in that area and for him to drive 12 miles on that stuff would have been very challenging," Blair said.
(second article contradicts the first as to whether it was hunters or fishermen who found Mr. Irby... news can be so confused and confusing)
I'm glad he's been found. I hope it helps the family some. I also hope they'll be able to determine cause of death.
Tonia, thanks for posting the update!
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