No Cause of Death for Bartlesville Man Whose Remains Were Found in Tucson

Feb 13, 2020

Credit Oro Valley Police

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner has released a heavily-redacted autopsy report on an Oklahoma man whose remains were found in the Catalina Mountains in December.

It doesn’t list the cause of death of 66-year-old Steven Mark Brashear, but the forensic toxicology report says the man had opioid analgesics and oxycodone in his system.

Brashear’s remains were discovered along a hiking trail in the Coronado National Forest outside Tucson.

The medical examiner’s 14-page report completed Jan. 2 but not released until Wednesday says “most of the remains exhibited evidence of carnivore damage and exposure to the environmental conditions.”

Authorities euthanized three mountain lions found feasting on Brashear’s remains, although the lions aren’t believed to have killed him.

They say Brashear left Bartlesville, Oklahoma, on Dec. 7 and his body was found on New Year’s Eve.

A person of interest suspected of stealing Brashear’s car was arrested a car theft charge, but authorities say the man hasn’t been charged in the death.