The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office has conformed that the body recovered from a wash near a trail in the Kofa Wildlife Refuge on Thursday is that of 90-year-old James Lewis Larson of Sharpsburg, Iowa.
Larson was last seen on Wednesday, Nov. 13. in Lawrence, Iowa. after stopping there to visit family. He was on his way to Yuma where he resides for the winter, but had not shown up as of Thursday, Nov. 21.
On that same day, at approximately 12:51 p.m., the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance in searching for a Silver Alert missing person out of Lawrence, Kansas in the area of Highway 95 between La Paz County and Yuma County.
Additional information reports that Larson’s cell phone was pinged 30 miles outside of Yuma on November 16th.
Deputies from the YCSO Search and Rescue Unit, along with members of the Civil Air Patrol and the Yuma Proving Ground, assisted in searching for Larson in the areas of Highway 95 near mile marker 76 and the Kofa Wildlife Refuge.
On Sunday, Nov. 25, at approximately 12:20 a.m., Larson’s body was located in a wash, near the northern boundary of the YPG Kofa Firing Range.
His vehicle, a 2017 Ford Edge 4-door hatchback, was located nearby, high centered and stuck on a ledge.