Missing Greenlee County man found in New Mexico jail

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald

By Jon Johnson


GRAHAM COUNTY – A man missing from Greenlee County was found in a New Mexico jail after his mother spoke to both the Greenlee and Graham County Sheriff’s Office about finding him. 

According to a Graham County Sheriff’s Office report, a deputy was requested to perform a welfare check on Emilio Brown at about 7:39 p.m. on Saturday. Brown’s mother said her son had gone fishing in the Safford area Friday and never returned home. While she was speaking to the Graham County deputy, a Greenlee County deputy arrived at her home to take her report as well. 

The mother advised her son was driving a gold, 1991 Dodge Dynasty and that he fishes at Cluff Ponds near Pima and at the Gila River. The mother also advised Brown did not drink alcohol or did any drugs. 

The deputy attempted to call Brown, but it went straight to a voicemail that hadn’t been set. The deputy then drove out to Cluff Ponds but did not locate Brown’s vehicle. 

The deputy then had Graham County Dispatch contact Verizon and have the company ping the last location of the cell phone. Dispatch later advised that the cell phone was last used early Saturday morning at about 1:50 a.m. in Deming, New Mexico. 

The deputy then put out an Attempt to Locate on Brown’s vehicle and informed the Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office of what he had learned. 

The following day, the deputy spoke with Brown’s mother again at about 2:21 p.m. and learned that Brown had been located in jail in Deming after being arrested for DUI. 

The deputy thanked the mother for the information and took the ATL off the vehicle.