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UPDATE: Missing firefighter found dead in Sierra Vista desert area

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Posted at 8:55 PM, May 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-17 18:50:31-04

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. — This article was updated on 05/17/22

The Sierra Vista Police Department has found firefighter Patrick Gladics deceased after three days of searching.

Officers found his body in a desert area.

"Gladics was found deceased in the desert area west of Walmart in Sierra Vista," shared Officer Adam Curtis. "SVPD Special Operations detectives responded to investigate the scene."

Police also obtained surveillance footage showing Gladics walking north toward the open desert from the parking lot.

This footage was taken at about 5 a.m. on Saturday, May 14.

The case has been referred to the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office for further investigation.

Original story below:

The car of a missing Bureau of Land Management firefighter has now been located.

38-year-old Patrick Gladics was last seen Friday night.

Then early Saturday morning, security cameras at the Sierra Vista Walmart showed him running out of the parking lot and toward the desert.

Sierra Vista police, firefighters and EMS posted the update Monday afternoon.

Gladics was wearing dark clothing and a dark ball cap before he went missing.

If you have any information please call Sierra Vista police.

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