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Remains in desert identified as AZ woman missing since 2015, suspect connected to other disappearances

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Posted at 12:06 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 16:46:18-05

Human remains discovered in a remote desert area near Topock, Arizona, in May 2019 have been recently identified as a woman reported missing since July 2015.

Mohave County officials say Nancy Hartz was reported missing from Lake Havasu City and investigators learned she was last seen with a man who went by the name of Robert Lawson Carnochan.

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Nancy Hartz

Carnochan was arrested in 2016 on multiple counts of theft, forgery, and credit card theft, all unrelated to the death of Hartz.

Carnochan was the main suspect in Hartz's disappearance and death, but they couldn't connect him to the case without locating her body.

Officials discovered the body in May 2019 but it wasn't positively identified as Hartz until December 2020.

Carnochan reportedly died in prison in September 2020.

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Robert Lawson Carnochan

Last week, Mohave County officials determined that Hartz suffered gunshot wounds and her death was a homicide.

Officials say no arrest can be made in relation to Hartz's death since Carnochan has since died, but he is suspected in the disappearance of two other people, Neva Jane Lindley and Verna Clayton.