Missing Ariz. man found dead in truck, police confirm

by Haley Madden – Aug. 10, 2012 05:41 PM
The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team

The body of Jeffrey Block, the Apache Junction man reported missing July 26, is the one found inside his truck, officials said.

Authorities found Jeffrey’s dog dead Thursday, said Commander Robert Cooper, a Superstition Search and Rescue spokesman.

Block’s family reported him missing July 26 after he failed to return home from a trip to Show Low with his dog, Blue.

The pickup truck and his body was found Wednesday in a Gila County canyon off U.S. 60.

Officials believe Block’s vehicle crashed, said Elias Johnson, a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Blue was found near the windshield of Block’s truck. The truck continued to roll about 600 to 800 feet below, Cooper said.

Block and his dog Blue were taken to a Globe mortuary. They will be cremated together and their ashes will be spread in Colorado on their grandfather’s property, Cooper said.