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Navajo County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that state Sen. Chester Crandell died while horseback riding near his home Monday, Aug. 4.State Sen. Chester Crandell, who was found dead Monday, Aug. 4, is shown (right) speaking with state Rep. Bob Thorpe and a supporter following a Legislative District 6 candidates forum held July 9 at Yavapai College in Clarkdale.

Deputy Chief James Molesa said that the Crandell’s body was found by family members several hours after he’d left on his ride near Heber-Overgaard.

“He was supposed to only be out for about an hour but when he didn’t return the family became concerned and began searching for him,” Molesa said. “The family found him around 2 p.m., which is when the 911 call came in.”

Upon getting the call, dispatchers sent deputies and medical personal to the scene. Family members reported that the senator was deceased when they found him. His horse was found in the area.

Molesa said the coroner will determine if Crandell’s death was caused by the fall or if it was something health-related such as a heart attack.

“Medical examiners and detectives are now trying to determine the cause and manner of death, and no other details are available at this time,” Navajo County Sheriff KC Clark said. “This is a tragic loss for the family and friends of Sen. Crandell. Chester was a good man and a strong voice for rural Arizona. I wish to express our deepest sympathy to his family. May God bless them at this time.”

To read the full story, see the Wednesday, Aug. 6, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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