Print Verde River drowning victim identified
Written by Christopher Fox Graham   
Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:24

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office detectives have identified the body of man found floating the Verde River on Saturday, March 19.

The victim is identified as 40-year-old Dennis Cleveland Sine Jr. Family members have been notified. Sine was known to have prior addresses in the Flagstaff and Clarkdale communities.

On the morning of Wednesday, March 23, YCSO realeased images of three tattoos on Sine’s body. The tattoo on Sine's back is a representation of the Hualapai Tribal Nation Seal.

Identiying that mark helped investigators  narrow the search, Hualapai Nation Police Department Chief of Police Francis E. Bradley Sr. said. The victim might still be unknown, Bradley said, had that tattoo not been identified. The tattoo on the left leg is the victim’s last name.

On March 19, YCSO detectives near the 1300 block of Kelli Lane in Bridgeport to where a Sine's body had been found. The Yavapai County medical examiner conducted an autopsy Sunday, March 20 and determined drowning as the cause of death.

Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Sine’s death.

Anyone with information regarding this case should call YCSO at (928) 771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232.