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Mountain Lion case--Person of interest knew missing man

Connection undefined to remains eaten by Lions
Steven Mark Brashear
Posted at 6:49 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 20:49:46-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - More puzzling details are coming out in the case of a 21 year old man described as a possibly connected to human remains at least one mountain lion ate on a Tucson area trail.

Pima Sheriff's Deputies call 21 year old Daylan Jacob Thornton a person of interest in the case of human remains found partially eaten by mountain lions.

But right now he's charged with auto theft and nothing more.

He's charged with stealing Steven Mark Brashear's car. Brashear's family in Oklahoma reported him missing early last month. And while Pima Sheriff's Deputies connect Thornton to Brashear's car, and the mountain lion case no one's confirming whether human remains eaten by mountain lions were actually the body of Steven Brashear.

How Daylan Thornton and Steven Mark Brashear are tied together comes from Bartleville, Oklahoma. Charges against Thornton say he had been living in that Oklahoma town.

Bartlesville Police, say the two traveled from Bartlesville to Oro Valley to visit Thornton's grandmother but investigators have offered no theories on what led to Brashear's disappearance.

Pima Sheriff's detectives says while interviewing Thornton, he said something that convinced them the missing person is dead but they did not elaborate on just what that was.

The missing person's name is blacked out on the criminal complaint.

Auto theft charges against Thornton say he actually drove the missing person's car to the Oro Valley Police Department responding to the missing person inquiry. He allegedly told detectives the missing person had given him the car and that he took the car to California before returning to Tucson.