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Pima County civil attorney, Chris Straub found dead

Chris Straub, head of the public records unit at the Pima County Attorney's office, hasn't been seen since he left a resort in Sedona to go fly fishing on Tuesday Sept. 28, 2021.
Posted at 11:26 AM, Sep 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-29 20:15:56-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Chris Straub, a lawyer from the Pima County Attorney's office who went missing Tuesday evening was found dead Wednesday.

Chris Straub was a civil attorney with the PCAO and head of their public records unit.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with Chris’ family and everyone who loved him,” Pima County Attorney Laura Conover said in a statement.

According to a news release from the PCAO, Straub left his room at 4 p.m. Tuesday to go fly fishing at the Orchid Canyon Resort, north of Sedona along Oak Creek. His wife expected him back at around 6 p.m., but he never returned.

A search and rescue unit from the Coconino County Sheriff's Office began looking for Straub, who the PCAO said was an avid hiker and fly fisherman in great health.

Mr. Straub was located by Yavapai Search and Rescue K-9 in dense growth near the creek by the resort where he was staying. The PCAO said his death appeared to be accidental. The Coconino County Medical Examiner is scheduled to perform an autopsy in the coming days.

A PCAO spokesperson said Straub served in the office for more than 30 years. He also served as advisory counsel to the Pima County Board of Supervisors from 2006 to 2015, and once served as the Chief Deputy of PCAO’s Civil Division.

Pima County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bronson released a statement Wednesday afternoon on Straub's death:

“This is devastating news. Chris was a lovely man who ably and wisely advised the Board of Supervisors as the Chief Civil Deputy for more than 8 years. He and I shared a love for the outdoors and we would often discuss our most recent adventures before board meetings. He was a consummate professional who was devoted to public service, spending his entire career as a public lawyer, including more than 30 years with Pima County. All of us in Pima County will miss him greatly.”