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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

The family of Max Schrader announced today that the missing Mobile man has been found deceased.

Schrader, 84, had been missing since April 3 and his vehicle was found in the desert April 9. Family and volunteers had been combing the area between Mobile and Rainbow Valley each day.

No information has yet been released regarding where his body was found or a cause of death.

The family sent thanks to all who helped or showed their support during a difficult week.

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.

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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.

Darien Alexa Dawn Huggins, 16, was reportedly last seen in Maricopa Sept. 15. She is reported to be with Amran Mohammad Dawlatzai, 24.

UPDATE: Darien Huggins is back home.


Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Maricopa teenager who has not been seen since last night.

Darien Alexa Dawn Huggins, 16, is thought to be with 24-year-old Amran Mohammad Dawlatzai, who may be in the East Valley.

Huggins is described as 5-foot-4, 140 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen at her home in Maricopa wearing a gray shirt and shorts, and her hair was in a ponytail. Dawlatzai is described as 6-foot-0, 250 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

He is driving a 1999 champagne-colored Ford F150 with Arizona plate CJN 9567.

If you have information, call 520-866-5111.

Katanyna Dygowski, known as Kat, was last seen at home around 12:30 a.m. Monday. Photos provided by Dygowski family

A Maricopa teenager has gone missing and is feared to be a runaway.

Shawna Dygowski’s daughter Katanyna (known as Kat), 16, was last seen at home around 12:30 a.m. Monday.

“When I woke up Monday morning and went to let her dog in her room, I saw she wasn’t there and her window was unlocked,” Dygowski said.

Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said Kat apparently left notes, and officers are following up with her friends. However, the notes did not indicate where she might be going.

“We don’t have information that she was with anyone,” Alvarado said.

“The police are doing great but everything is a dead end,” Dygowski said. “She has no phone so no way to track her. No bank [account] so no access to money.”

Katanyna Pauline Dygowski is described as 5-foot-6, 170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She has braces and a nose piercing.

If you have information, please contact MPD at 520-568-3673.