Jeffrey Stambaugh: 63-year-old man missing for days disappeared from Arizona campground

Authorities in Arizona are searching “relentlessly” for a hiker who has been missing for nearly a week after leaving his cellphone charging at a campground.

Jeffrey Stambaugh, 63, of Tucson, was last seen around 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the Yavapai Campground within the Granite Basin Recreation Area in Prescott, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said.

Stambaugh had given his cell phone to the camp host so it could be charged but left without it, according to investigators.

Stambaugh had texted a friend in the area after arriving in Prescott, asking if they wanted to meet up at some point. Stambaugh was later reported missing by a friend.

Jeffrey Stambaugh

On Saturday, the sheriff’s office received a missing person report and discovered Stambaugh’s vehicle at the Metate Trailhead.

The sheriff’s office said search and rescue teams used drones, helicopters, K-9, 4×4, and off-highway vehicle units to scour “every trail and rugged wilderness area near and around the trailhead, Granite Basin, and Yavapai Campground.”

Stambaugh had made plans to stay at the campground from September 27 to September 29.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.