Yuma County

YCSO: Vehicle of missing man has been found

Missing Yuma man's vehicle found in canal

YUMA, Ariz. - The Yuma County Sheriff's Office has confirmed to News 11 that the vehicle belonging to 56-year-old John Burkett has been found.The vehicle was in a canal north of County 4th Street and Gila Gravity canal, near Mittry Lake. The vehicle was recovered Monday morning.

Deputies said a call came in on Sunday afternoon, at about 4:07 p.m. of a vehicle in the Gila Gravity canal.

"Deputies located the vehicle and determined that the vehicle appeared to have been in the water for some time and was consistent with the vehicle size in the John Burkett missing person case," according to the Sheriff's office.

Deputies said, "the pink and grey camouflaged Suzuki Samari was recovered on Monday morning at about 11:30 a.m."

No remains were found inside or near the vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's office or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous.

Search and rescue teams comprised of both law enforcement and volunteers spent countless hours searching for Burkett last July but were not able to find any clues to his whereabouts.

Burkett disappeared on the morning of June 25 when he was on his way to work, according to reports.

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