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Two tourists shot to death in Sedona Arizona

The couple were admiring a scenic overlook from inside their car when they were killed.


  • UPDATE

    A suspect may have been found in the shooting.

    30-year-old Drew Ryan Maras is suspected of shooting and killing an Arizona police officer at a North Phoenix medical building. The same type of gun he used may have been used to kill the couple from New Hampshire.

    Police are awaiting ballistics results.

    Cathedral Rock in Sedona AZ. The area attracts millions of tourists a year and is known for its scenic beauty.

    Cathedral Rock in Sedona AZ. The area attracts millions of tourists a year and is known for its scenic beauty. The area attracts millions of tourists a year and is known for its scenic beauty. Photo by Adam Baker

    A man and woman were inside their red Subaru admiring a scenic overlook in Sedona AZ when they were shot to death from outside their vehicle with an assault rifle.

    The couple were seniors visiting from New Hampshire. James F. Johnson, of Jaffrey NH, and Carol Raynsford, of Nelson NH, were both 62. Johnson may have been considering moving to the area.

    Witnesses reported seeing a white Dodge or Chevrolet truck, model years 1998 to 2002, with an old, white camper shell with red ribbons hanging from the rear-view mirror in the area before the shooting occurred.

    The shooting happened at the overlook near Page Springs Road on Arizona 89A.

    The 84 mile long north south scenic highway draws tourists to spectacular views of mountain ranges, desert valleys, forests, creeks, and canyons. The couple was believed to have visited several other towns along the highway including Flagstaff before they were killed.

    Anyone who has information regarding the shooting may call the sheriff at 928-771-3260, dial an anonymous tip line at 800-932-3232, or e-mail web.sheriff@co.yavapai.az.us. A $1,000 reward is being offered for any tip that results in an arrest, officials said.


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