Arizona DPS Officer Found Dead at Scottsdale Resort; Suicide Suspected

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Officer Mark Serna
A day after a Phoenix police sergeant was found shot to death near the Arizona Capitol, a Department of Public Safety officer was found dead in a hotel room at a Scottsdale resort, and DPS officials suspect it may have been suicide.

Officer/paramedic Mark Serna, 43, of New River, was found dead in his Scottsdale hotel room yesterday afternoon. There were no signs of foul play.


DPS officials tell New Times they have to wait until the medical examiner's office completes an investigation but that it appears the officer took his own life.

"It is with a heavy heart that I announce DPS has lost one of our sworn officers," DPS Director Robert Halliday says in a press release. "My sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to Mark's family and to all the DPS employees."

Officials wouldn't say how the officer died or if there was anything going on in the officer's life that might drive him to take his own life.

Serna was a nine-year veteran of DPS. He started his career as a patrolman in Casa Grande. He joined Central Air Rescue Unit in 2003, where he served as a paramedic.

Serna was born in Silver City, New Mexico, but moved to Cottonwood, where he graduated from Mingus Union High School.

He's survived by his parents and three children.

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Atty
Atty

Bump. You are not forgotten Mark.

I miss Mark - I befriended him while he was assigned to CG Patrol.. He was so handsome I think I still have photos he and his roommate Steve took posing with their Dept vehicles. He was a great man and I could always hear how much he loved his daughter when he spoke of her. The times he and I spent together will be remembered by me always.

Factsnotassumptions
Factsnotassumptions

an act to commit suicide doesn't address the sociopath with the same finality it would for a non sociopath. The thought that a suicide and the consequences of carrying that suicide out, wouldn't occur to a sociopath. It wouldn't occur to him or even bother him if he could think about it, that this action is a final action and there are no 'do overs'. For a Sociopath, this is an act to control, hurt and destroy. It is not an act of depression but rather of rage.

Secrets
Secrets

Reading all these post can you say Russell Williams? He even tried suicide when he got caught, highly decorated and respected yet he had hidden secrets.

Confused
Confused

I met Mark at a conference in Tucson a little over a year ago. He even flew out to see me for a weekend. I can't believe this. The last time we talked a few month ago he said he had just found out a girl he dated before we met had twins, he said she never told him she was pregnant and he hadn't talked to her, since they broke up. He said he needed to find out if they were his to give him time that i'd see him again. I'm so confused. Is this girl April the mother?

SpyBaby
SpyBaby

Mark, I love you Bro. We've been through a lot together and I will never forget you. Your personal life and business life were two different parts, you made sure you kept professional in all respects. I still break down at the thought of your loss but others hurt worse than I do. I just pray for strength for all involved.

SpyBaby Holly SpyBaby
SpyBaby Holly SpyBaby

I knew there was more to the story than what was being said. What a web we weave huh April. I've known Mark for 10 years, I taught him in the Police Academy, he isn't what people are making him out to be. Now that I read to "families" entry I see the truth ... Mark, we know what you got yourself into, I'm sad and sorry that you felt this was the only way out of the widows web. I could give 3 craps at the negetive response to my entry, the truth is the truth and the widows web is exposed.

SpyBaby
SpyBaby

I knew there was more to the story than what was being said. What a web we weave huh April. I've known Mark for 10 years, I taught him in the Police Academy, he isn't what people are making him out to be. Now that I read to "families" entry I see the truth ... Mark, we know what you got yourself into, I'm sad and sorry that you felt this was the only way out of the widows web. I could give 3 craps at the negetive response to my entry, the truth is the truth and the widows web is exposed.

Shameonyou
Shameonyou

Above anything else, this is a sad time for ALL the family members involved. To comment on this issue is truly ludicrous, unless you are a person who is directly involved by this happening, IE an immediate family member. To read the comments on here coming from civil service employees is sickening. I won't mention any names, as I am above that; you know who you are...and so do I.

Grow up.

101LEO
101LEO

Before I get off of my soap box... just did a 40 hour shift in 3 days so yes there is some venting left to be done, I want to remind everyone (those who are posting unnecessary comments about illegals and how horrible we are for being in law enforcement and doing our jobs by protecting citizens from trespassers), please look up the definition of "immigration" in any dictionary. Not one dictionary gives a definition of >Immigration: Sneaking or climbing over a fence onto another's property without permission, NOT ONE DICTIONARY! So knock it off. We will be there for you in an emergency without any regard for your personal opinion of our job, so please try to show that you are human by respecting a giving man who protected so many.

29neg
29neg

Thanks to all of the Protectors, Soldiers and First responders who save, protect and serve every citizen, every day. We appreciate you! Never forget that the majority thanks you and appreciates the help. Those who break the law are the haters and their opinion doesn't matter anyway. God knows the true brave and sacrificing people, and you will be rewarded. REST in PEACE to all of our Courageous brothers and sisters who Serve.

Getaway58
Getaway58

With reverence I am truly sorry for this family's loss. I am also sorry that others who have no respect for life, love, family and the stress that comes with being a public SERVANT. Please try to show some compassion for a family that may never know the deep pain endured to the breaking point that this BRAVE and SACRIFICING officer withstood. He was a son, brother, father husband and friend not just a Law Enforcement officer. Yes, it has been a difficult year for Law enforcement, we lost one of our own to suicide as well. Serving people who do not like us is very difficult and stressful. We see death, abuse, traffic accidents, murdered babies, abused senior citizens, domestic violence, kidnapping, anguish suffered by the families of these people. And yes, we face death ourselves on a daily basis while protecting the public (this means anyone who needs help even if they hate us). Show some respect.P.S.> Mr Wells, illegals are not just brown but can be anyone, of any race, culture, color, nationality etc... who choose to trespass in my homeland without following proper steps. If you want to be an AMERICAN, we would love to have you. If you just want to trespass and abuse taxpayers' hard earned money, then stay home. Law enforcement offiicers are upholding their sworn duties by arresting trespassers> not just one cultural group. Heck I saw ICE picking up 2 trespassers from England the other day for armed robbery. One of my best friends is not American born but she is a naturalized citizen. She jumps thru hoops to maintain her status and it angers her that others can just come on in and basically steal from Americans(Health care, food, subsidized housing etc...) without following the law. (read the Constitution). If a stranger comes into your home without permission,(trespassing) would you not want Law enforcement to arrest them? Anyway, REST IN PEACE my brother officer. We thank you for your BRAVERY and SELFLESS SERVICE.

So Sad
So Sad

It's really hard to believe some of these post!! It's very sad that people can judge Mark and make ignorant comments about him not knowing anything about him or the person that he was. I have known Mark for about 7 years and he really was one of the nicest people I think I have ever met who LOVED his children and his family. He was a very tolerant person who put up with a lot of crap that was thrown his way and he always took the high road and was the bigger person. I am very very sad that he felt this was his only way out he had so many friends and he could have talked to any of us and I am very sorry that he didn't. Suicide is such an irrational act and there really is no way that any of us can understand what was going on in his head at that very moment. I will miss Mark and his funny stories and always remember the fun we had. My thoughts and prayers are with Mark's children and his family. Rest in Peace Mark you will be missed!!

Thereasa Huff
Thereasa Huff

The Mark I knew was a great friend for many, many years. The mother(s) of his children, nor anyone else, need to experience any further pain right now. The emotional roller coaster needs no fuel as this loss will be painful for many many years to come. It is time to just respect the relationship he had with those he loved, those that loved him, and everyone in his life. It is what it is and not a time to point fingers or make judgements.

Luvropn
Luvropn

It's in Gods hands and in time people will know the real truth and have to face the fact they pushed someone who was grieving the same as they were but misunderstood the situation. My children are reading these post and growing more upset because they were apart of our every day life and knew him intimately. We all have emotional issues but don't have all the facts. There is always 3 sides to a story, his, hers and somewhere in the middle is the truth. But remember by pointing fingers YOU may be making the wrong choice without knowing it and YOU may be he CAUSE OF FURTHER PAIN. And wouldn't suck for all of you pointing fingers to cause further hurt and in the end discover you were completely CLUELESS and WRONG????

KnowsAllTheFacts
KnowsAllTheFacts

April you are not welcome around Mark's family. We will deal with you at the twins' sake. Your mind games and crazy antics cannot be ignored when wondering why Mark did this. You know him better than anyone? Maybe because you drained a happy, energetic, loving man dry. I'm sure that took a lot of time out of your day; got to know him REAL well. You have emotional issues that have ended up hurting someone dear to my family and the communities of Cottonwood and Phoenix. The first time I meet you will be the last.

Know the truth
Know the truth

Luvropn, You just need to go away. I sit here and read all your misleading facts. Yes beleive it or not there are people on here that know more of the facts of your relationship with Mark, and your misleading facts are delusional at best. I know why this happened, You making coments of knowing him better than anyone is far from the truth. Spending every day with him and every night ecept for a couple (Please!) I will not say anymore, but you should realize that there are and will be more people that read your posts that know more of the truth than you will ever know.

Diana
Diana

I am heart sick for you and Mark's family. We were a part of Mark's "extended family" for a few years and will deeply miss him and miss seeing you and the twins. Having lost a family memeber in a similar manner uniquely qualifies me to be able to empathize with you in your loss. We can never know what was going on so deeply within themselves that it would cause them to believe this was their only solution. We are watching for word of a memorial service so that we may attend and pay tribute to a wonderful man. May God grant you peace and healing.

Luvropn
Luvropn

Mark was an amazing man and nobody, I mean nobody will be able to explain how he touched lives. And nobody but Mark knows what he was going through, all we can do now is be supportive of the ones he left behind. And not point blame. In the end it es his choice and he is now where he chose to be and hopefully found what he longed for.

Disbelief
Disbelief

The reasons Mark did this really is not anybody's business but his own. The fact that he was so lost that he did not turn to family, friends or co-workers is the hard part. He was able to hide how he was really feeling inside from everyone who was close to him and unfortunately this was the result. Mark help people he did and didn't know on a daily basis. He was an amazing father to his kids and he loved him dearly. As for all of you who are being so disrespectful, I can only hope that you never have to deal with what his family and friends are having to deal with. My thoughts and prayers to all.

Jenz915
Jenz915

@trolltubeunit3

Regardless of your personal opinion ~ His Family, Friends and co-workers are reading these statments and this is an awful thing to say about someone. Do you really want his child to read this? And your facts are not correct about his passing. Wishing peace to his loved ones.

Misty318
Misty318

Mark was an amazing person and is missed tremendously. Misty318

trolltubeunit3
trolltubeunit3

DPS got on a popular online message board and said hi. They flamed him and started pulling him into their cyborz bulliez world. He just couldn't take the pressure and so he shot himself.

He will be missed by all.

We love you, baby!!

Karyna818
Karyna818

I knew Mark... I met him while I worked for Northern Arizona University Police Department... I'll never forget the first time I layed eyes on him... he captured me. This extraordinary man could do anything and when he told me that his dream was to be a DPS helicopter pilot, I knew he would someday. I knew Mark as a friend and more and I am at a loss as to how to mourn him. My thoughts and prayers are with his parents, his twin, Mike, and his daughter.

Barbie
Barbie

I feel deeply saddened by this and my prayers go out to his entire family and his friends.

just adding to the condolences
just adding to the condolences

The older I get the more tragic I see the situation of people younger than me taking their lives.

Why? The world is never that bad. RIP.

Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith

I grew up with Mark and his twin brother Mike. They were always great to be around and no one would say an unkind word about either one. I am heartbroken by the news of Mark's passing. Reading some of these comments is even more upsetting because you do not realize what a great guy he was and how many people this will affect. The loss will be felt not only by his family, but also his friends, co-workers, and anyone he has helped over the years. Please have respect for those who are saddened by this loss.

Carolyn_crook
Carolyn_crook

I knew Mark for ten years, and there was never a better father or kinder man. He was soft spoken, understanding, and loved his daughter more than anything on earth. He was a hard worker and a joy to know. I am so sorry for his children, and the other family members, whom I know he loved dearly. It was honor to have been his friend.Carolyn Crook

HA
HA

You love roping men into relationships they don't want with children. CRAZY BITCH

Luvropn
Luvropn

defending myself will only bring further hurt I am much bigger than that. in time people will come to know the truth and its in Gods hands now.

Luvropn
Luvropn

hmmm, misleading facts. That's why I picked the tile in his home he was building, the trim to the doors, the fixtures, (that's why his home on the inside mirrors mine), the colors of the wall, that's why I picked the carpet, that's why he wanted my approval on everything he did as he built his home, that's why I was the one he took with to pick out what car to buy and was there when all of the paperwork was signed, I was with him at county from very beginning to get stuff going on his home, not to mention I was with him at the bank the day he signed the construction loan, I was with him when signed his draws and notorized them, I wrote out his bills and mailed them often, I was the one that wrote the letters to neighbors and notorized agreements, researched and got the old picture to help with hillside disturbance, I was with him when we went to Cottonwood to bring his project truck down, I was with him when he traded his old dodge for the bigger dodge, I was the one he hiked wig until my pregnancy made it difficult, I spent every holiday with him from the time we met, we went to church together up until the babies were born, he built my arena, i took and taught his daughter to ride and compete where she won ribbons, whenever he had to rush off for work his daughter stayed with me, I made exchanges with his ex for his daughter on a regular basis, that's why he kept his horse at my place when he could have kept it where it was, that's why he bought a horse trailer when we first met from my friend telling all of the things we were gonna do. that's why he started a major remodel in my kitchen and living room, I helped him create forms and develop things for his job, he told my friends and nurses while I was in the hospital how he wanted to be the best boyfriend and the things he wanted to do as a family, he came to my work and brought me dinner or would stop by to visit, he had just taken me to Flag and arranged babysiting al by himself ( which for a man was amazing) so he could take me dancing somewhere I had never been. I was the one with the ticket to go to Washington with him for police week, I was the one that laid next to him every night while at hurricane Ike, there is so much more you DON'T know and I could go on and on as I'm sure you could with CERTAIN things. There are people that knew the side he let them see and wanted them to know there was the side we shared, I don't care what you say delusional is far from it I have my letters where he told me the things I mentioned in earlier post I have my pictures of us and every holiday, the ones I took of him and his brother building his home etc. there are those people he said all of the wonderful things he wanted to do with me as well so I would say you would be delusional to what you know or what he wanted you to know. These sites should be about remembering a great man and accepting a tragedy that can not change or be reversed not try to lay blame on what you think you knew. I know what he told certain people and why he did it and I know who those people are and it is between him and I now. So I would caution you on what you say because YES I did know Mark deeper than anyone to include you and still there are things NO ONE knew a deeper pain. So maybe you should go away and think of how childish it is to make a statement without thinking that maybe just maybe you don't know all the facts and you should be recognizing I have said nothing but wonderful things about Mark and NOT pointing fingers at anything. Every relationship has issues and obstacles and when we are angry we say things we don't mean and when we are no longer angry we retract those words we also vent to people when we are angry and say things or express feelings of how we feel at that moment in time. We also have people close to us that we move away from and want to protect their thoughts of us or feelings we once shared because we still care about them so we say what we feel will preserve those thoughts and feelings. But "know the truth" you are clueless and will remain that way because now is not the time nor do I have to defend myself with you or anyone because the people that were around us daily or him daily know what the truth was because they saw us together and heard his words not you. So please refrain from making hateful statements Mark is with God now and nothing changes that, he was a very strong man and he made his choice nobody else, but we are ALL sad and having a hard time accepting that such a great man could do this so instead of accepting it we are looking to blame someone. Everyone deserves to grieve his loss.

Luvropn
Luvropn

Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm struggling with all of this and know I can't make sense of such a tragedy. I'm trying to be strong for all of my children, my older kids don't know how to handle what has happened. Thank you I have to give this to God to help us heal.

Tpinkaz
Tpinkaz

The Mark I knew and LOVED is gone, the pain and saddness is so overwelming. His daughter( the one TRUE love of his life) is never going to be able to know how truely fabulous her father was. But I hold out hope she never reads this sight and that she is constantly told stories of how brave, loving and devoted her father was. By the way Luvropon....Are you right with your Heart????

Luvropn
Luvropn

Than you!!! I loved him dearly and am missing him greatly, I know everyone who came in contact with him was touched by him. He was amazing in his profession. Last night I rolled and reached for him and he was not there I cried myself back to sleep! To see people make nasty statements of a man they didn't know is disrespectful to his memory. I want people to post their found memories so someday I can share these memories with our twins since they are young and won't remember their daddy, whom they've been asking for everytime the phone rings. I need for them to know the great thing their father did not this tragedy, to loose Mark was a tragedy to everyone that knew him, outside of that nothing matters. So please if you don't know him go post your comments to your personal sites so these sites can be encouraging for those left behind so we can heal not deal with bs. Thank you and thank you to everyone that has offered us the condolences, he left 3 wonderful beautiful children that loved him and 2 that more that he treated like his own and to an amazing family and group of friends. He was so loved and blessed and I pray he is watching above to guide those he left behind. So remember Mark was amazing and I can say I believe there is no one that could do his job better than what he did, or have been as devoted to his job and doing the best job he could, he saved many lives and is a great loss. Rest in peace Mark.

Trolltubeunit3
Trolltubeunit3

Sorry. Open mouth, insert foot. I wish I could delete.

Trolltubeunit3
Trolltubeunit3

Oops, I didn't factor in that you might have a cat to keep you company. Bah. You might not need me at all. Darn kitty!!! Get out of my way!!!!! RAWER!!!!

Trolltubeunit3
Trolltubeunit3

Let's have dinner. I mean, you were such a good friend to him and all. I figure he was your only one. I imagine you need a good solid replacement now. I'm your man.

Trolltubeunit3
Trolltubeunit3

Too bad he didn't trust you with his emotional torment. You must have thought higher of him than he thought of you.

Luvropn
Luvropn

Carolyn I just want you to know he thought highly of you and was thankful for all you did to help him, he told me how much he liked you, you were a very respected friend go him. Thank you!!

Trolltubeunit3
Trolltubeunit3

Sorry. Open mouth, insert foot. I wish I could delete.

Luvropn
Luvropn

SGT HA.......Why would a married woman send sexy photos to someone other than her husband? Why would she send that man several photos of just her from her trip to Mexico with her husband? Seems she was tryn to rope somethn herself.

Luvropn
Luvropn

I knew both Mark and April and if you spent anytime with them you would know none of this makes sense. He made a choice to be with her, she didn't get pregnant alone. He was a police officer if he didn't want her he had the ability to ensure she never contacted him again. So come on, why did he go back to her and her back to him? He's gone nothing changes that and she has to deal with raising two children alone and one with special needs. You don't know what he may have been doing to her. So leave her alone and focus your anger somewhere productive by remembering who he was and let it go he made his choice if he was such a strong man then it certainly was not her that made him make that choice and if she had that much control over him I would question something deeper going on. The Mark I knew didnt do anything he didn't want to do and no one not even her could force him to do anything.

AprilGoldDiggerCopKiller
AprilGoldDiggerCopKiller

"defending myself will only bring further hurt I am much bigger than that."Why didn't you shut up after this?

KnowsAllTheFacts
KnowsAllTheFacts

April you are not welcome around Mark's family. We will deal with you at the twins' sake. Your mind games and crazy antics cannot be ignored when wondering why Mark did this. You know him better than anyone? Maybe because you drained a happy, energetic, loving man dry. I'm sure that took a lot of time out of your day; got to know him REAL well. You have emotional issues that have ended up hurting someone dear to my family and the communities of Cottonwood and Phoenix. The first time I meet you will be the last.

Luvropn
Luvropn

I knw Mark better than anyone, Mark would tell me always that he had not spent so much time with one person in 10 years and that I was everything he ever wanted accept one thing. Right with my heart? From the day I met him over 3 years ago we spent nearly every day together minus a couple days here and there. He has stayed with me since last October and I have layed with him holding me nearly every night for the last year, we have not spent many days apart. He would always say we are gonna do this, I want you to teach (his daughter) to ride work horses etc. I want us to go here and most recently he told me he wanted to find a house big enough to for ALL of us in, his daughter my children and our twins...so right with my heart? Yea I know I loved him and I know I protected him and accepted him and stood by him every way I could........so ALL of his children deserve to know he wonderful man he was.

Tnj1989
Tnj1989

A person just died, can't you have a little respect for another person? You obviously didn't know him or the problems he was having.

Btarded
Btarded

Your name has troll in it and they still reply? Old people.....

Luvropn
Luvropn

It's in Gods hands and in time people will know the real truth and have to face the fact they pushed someone who was grieving the same as they were but misunderstood the situation. My children are reading these post and growing more upset because they were apart of our every day life and knew him intimately. We all have emotional issues but don't have all the facts. There is always 3 sides to a story, his, hers and somewhere in the middle is the truth. But remember by pointing fingers YOU may be making the wrong choice without knowing it and YOU may be he CAUSE OF FURTHER PAIN. And wouldn't suck for all of you pointing fingers to cause further hurt and in the end discover you were completely CLUELESS and WRONG????

Shar Pei
Shar Pei

So sorry for your loss. I do not understand the perverse satisfaction the trolls here get from being hateful.

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