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89-year-old man missing for 3 weeks found dead west of Tucson

An elderly man missing since August 4 was found dead in his truck in a remote desert area after being spotted from a Border Patrol helicopter on Wednesday morning, authorities said. Robert Crubaugh was last seen alive on a sweltering weekend day.

Crubaugh was found in his black Chevy Trailblazer just before noon, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman said. The vehicle was spotted from a BP chopper, which contacted a PCSD deputy deployed in the area as part of Operation Stonegarden.

Crubaugh was last seen driving a black Chevy Trailblazer with a wheelchair rack near Bopp and San Joaquin roads —on the west side of the Tucson Mountains, just north of Ryan Airfield — on the morning of Saturday, August 4.

The investigation into Crubaugh's disappearance and death is ongoing, PCSD Deputy James Allerton said Wednesday.

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