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Sheriff's Office classifies Yuma man's deathas homicide

July 05, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

A 69-year-old Yuma man found shot to death in his car in Winterhaven on Monday was the victim of a homicide, county Sheriff's Office investigators have determined.

The body of Robert Crowe was discovered by a tow truck driver about 5:15 p.m. in the area of Winterhaven Drive and Araz Road. Crowe had been shot in the head.

County Coroner Investigator Gary Hayes said an autopsy was done on Crowe and it was determined he had more than one bullet wound to his head.

Hayes declined to be more specific, stating he could not release more details because of the status of the investigation.

When sheriff's deputies responded to the call, they did not find a gun with the body, the first indication the case was a homicide. However, investigators at that point were not ruling out suicide.

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Hayes said Crowe's body was found in the driver's seat and the driver's side window was open.

Sheriff's Investigator Larry Markham, the lead investigator in the case, said it is too soon to determine a motive for the shooting. He added he is unsure when or where the shooting occurred.

There had been no arrests in the case as of this morning.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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