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Ten days after he went missing, a search party of family and friends located the body of 84-year-old Max Schrader around 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

He was found in a desert area of Mobile miles away from his car where there are no paved roads. Because of the remoteness, it took MCSO deputies “several hours” to reach the location and “navigate through tough terrain and/or areas with no roads at all.”

Officers believe Schrader was traveling a “backwoods roadway” from Mobile to Rainbow Valley when his vehicle broke down or got stuck. He then apparently tried to walk back to is home in Mobile with no food or water. Family realized he was missing April 3. MCSO was notified April 6, and a Silver Alert was issued across the state.

Deputies reportedly joined the search being conducted by Schrader’s family, friends and volunteers. His car was found April 9.

It appeared Max was traveling a backwoods roadway to enter Rainbow Valley from Mobil and his vehicle broke down or got stuck on a dirt road. He then attempted to travel on foot back to his home with no food or water and likely perished from the elements.

According to MCSO, there do not appear to be any signs of suspicious circumstances or foul play. A medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Schrader was described as deaf but had no other medical conditions.

Max Schrader
Max Schrader

Max Schrader, 84, has been missing in the desert since April 3, and volunteers are still searching for him north of Mobile.


On April 9, Schrader’s car was located on a Powerline Road headed from Mobile toward Rainbow Valley. The car was located approximately 15 miles from his home in Mobile.

The vehicle was stuck, so family believes Schrader left on foot. No one is sure which direction he may have traveled.

Air support and K9s were called into the area, but no signs of Schrader have been found.

He is said to be well acclimated to the desert and did have some water with him. He is also described as deaf.

Schrader is white, 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, with brown eyes and gray hair. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office put out a Silver Alert on Monday. Anyone who has information about the case may contact B_Bell@mcso.maricopa.gov.

About 60 volunteers searched the area on Wednesday but were unable to locate Schrader. A couple areas where an old fire may have been was located and perhaps a place when he may have been lying down in a wash, according to family members.

Thursday morning, 10 to 15 volunteers and dogs again searched the area, four miles north of the Waste Management site. Volunteers are searching in a grid pattern. If you would like to assist in the search, contact Pam at 480-250-2206 or Violet at 480-336-0575.

They are especially hunting for volunteers who can bring a quad, side-by-side, dirt bike or horses. Volunteers are urged to bring water, wear sunscreen, have your phone charged and dress for brushy desert terrain.

Thomas Sikes (left) and Bryon Carrillo face charges after a crash killed two of their friends Sunday. MCSO photos


Detectives arrested two men from Maricopa in connection to a fatal accident that claimed the life of two other passengers in the Valley.

The one-vehicle crash reportedly occurred Sunday at approximately 1:30 a.m. on southbound State Route 143 near the Interstate 10 junction. Maricopa resident Johnnie Verdoza, 21, and Carlos E. Monteverde Garcia, 25, from Sonora, Mexico, were killed in the wreck, according to DPS.

The alleged driver, 22-year-old Thomas Robert Sikes, is facing two counts of suspicion of manslaughter and one count of endangerment. Sikes’ passenger, Bryon Jesus Carrillo, 21, is accused of obstruction of a criminal investigation.

The heavily damaged 2015 Nissan passenger vehicle was discovered during the early morning hours of Aug. 19 by a DPS trooper responding to a report of an unknown injury crash.

“After a walk though of the area, the trooper was unable to locate the driver of the vehicle or victims from the crash,” the DPS news release states.

The bodies of the victims were eventually discovered hours later.

At 9 p.m. Aug. 19, family members of one of the victims found the bodies approximately 50 feet south of the crash scene. The family tracked a cell phone signal to the location and reported it to Phoenix Police.

The DPS report states the bodies appeared to have been concealed with foliage.

The Pinal County Sherriff’s Office later notified DPS they received a call from Carrillo, a surviving passenger.

Adriana Colin-Lemus has also been charged in the incident. MCSO photo

Carrillo reportedly told law enforcement he and his friends were headed home to Maricopa after leaving a bar in Tempe at the time of the crash.

The report includes Carrillo’s recollection of what came after the wreck. He describes climbing out of the vehicle and his unsuccessful attempt to locate the two friends allegedly missing from the car.

Carrillo accused Sikes of encouraging him to leave the area together, according to the report.

Later, Sikes’ girlfriend reportedly picked up the pair at a nearby gas station. None of them called emergency responders to report the fatal crash, DPS said.

The girlfriend, 25-year-old Adriana Colin-Lemus of Peoria, is suspected of hindering prosecution.

Sikes, Carrillo and Colin-Lemus and are being held in Maricopa County Jail.