Suspect arrested for murder of Oklahoma man whose remains were gnawed by mountain lions

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Suspect arrested for murder of Oklahoma man whose remains were gnawed by mountain lions


A suspect has been arrested for the murder of an Oklahoma man whose body was found partially eaten by mountain lions on a popular hiking trail in Arizona last year.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department arrested and charged Daylan Thornton with first-degree murder on Wednesday in the death of Steven Brashear, according to He is also facing counts of abandonment of a dead body, fraudulent schemes, identity theft and theft of a credit card, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department said.

Authorities discovered the 66-year-old’s remains on Dec. 30 near the Pima Canyon hiking trail in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. He arrived in the area from Oklahoma on Dec. 7 and was reported missing by his family a short time later.

Investigators found mountain lions eating Brashear’s remains, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department put all of them down.

An autopsy revealed the victim had opiates in his system at the time of his death. It also found evidence of “significant post-mortem animal activity,” according to Arizona Daily.

Thorton has long been a person of interest in the case and was arrested shortly after Brashear’s body was discovered. He was charged on suspicion of stealing the SUV Brashear had been driving.

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