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8/30/2013 6:00:00 AM
Missing man's body located south of Kingman
Justin Hamblett
Justin Hamblett
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - A mummified body found in an unlocked storage container has been identified as Justin Michael Hamblett of Kingman.

Hamblett was reported missing by his family in mid-July after he went for a walk and never returned.

He was classified as a missing and endangered person in a national law enforcement database due to concerns he was depressed and wanted to end his life.

"Don't do anything stupid. Goodbye, world. I loved you," Hamblett wrote on his Facebook page posted shortly before he went missing on July 15.

Hamblett's body was found in the container behind the Nucor Steel Plant south of Kingman on Aug. 20, roughly five weeks after he disappeared.

Kingman Deputy Police Chief Rusty Cooper in an email said Hamblett's remains were initially unidentified until recently.

Nucor maintenance workers discovered the body and contacted the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives suspected the remains were Hamblett and contacted the KPD, which took over the investigation, said Cooper.

An autopsy revealed Hamblett's cause of death was heat exposure. It is not considered suspicious.

The mummified body limited investigators' ability to determine toxicology results, said Cooper.

Hamblett was 32 years old and had recently moved to Kingman from Oregon.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, September 2, 2013
Article comment by: Darrell Price

This man did not commit suicide!!! The police should do their job and do a thorough investigation!!! Once again, the local law enforcement fails miserably at their jobs. A more worthless group of "professionals" would be hard to find anywhere!!

Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2013
Article comment by: Black or White

Black or white or brown red, yellow or green, a death like this, in any color, pains me deeply. May God send his angels to give comfort to the family and friends of Michael Hamblett, and may Michael's sad tears be now transformed into tears of joy.

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013
Article comment by: paula thomas

I didn't know this young man, but seriously??? if his body was in a container, that really doesn't sound like suicide to me??? whether it was locked or unlocked!!! kpd and the mcso needs to do make sure they do a very thorough investigation!!!! sometimes the like to sweep things under the rug!!!!! condolences to his family and friends!!!!!

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013
Article comment by: D.B BEAN`

Our thoughts and prayers go out Justin's family, God Bless you and give you comfort .

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013
Article comment by: V McDowell

Victoria broke his heart and he became despondent ...this is what cheating on somebody can lead to. RIP

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013
Article comment by: babygirl holley

thats soo sad rip buddy missed but never forgoten i never knew this man but this is a sad story

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