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Search continues for suspects in Bartlett Lake accident


NORTH VALLEY – Two suspects are being sought in a Bartlett Lake accident that seriously injured a teenager. The Aug. 5 head-on boating accident left a 15-year-old watercraft rider with severe injuries. The occupants of the speedboat involved in the crash left the scene, and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to search for them. The reward for information in the case has been increased to $5,000, and Silent Witness is also offering a $1,000 reward for information, according to a Sept. 1 news update from MCSO.  

MCSO Sergeant Joaquin Enriquez said via email that there were no updates in the case currently, but that MCSO is still working leads that have come in from the public and the case remains an open investigation. Further information from the public is welcomed; those with information can call MCSO Detective R. Marske via Crime Stop at (602) 876-1011.

Witnesses who were at the scene of the crash have provided descriptions of the boat and occupants involved in the Aug. 5 crash. MCSO has provided a compilation of those descriptions. One occupant is described as a 30-year-old white man, approximately 5’7” and 190 lbs., with a stocky build and a buzz haircut and trimmed goatee. The female boat occupant is said to be in her mid-20s, with a medium build, light complexion, and long, dark hair.

The boat involved in the accident, according to witnesses’ accounts, is an approximately 18’ fishing style design. The make and model are not known at this time. Further description details include the boat likely has a light grey lower half with dark-colored upper half, black lettering on the side, and a black outboard motor. The boat has one windshield, on the driver’s side only, and the back deck area is grey carpeted. The boat also has a white Bimini/canopy top. MCSO also noted that the boat likely has damage to the front passenger side.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call MCSO at (602) 876-1011.