A key piece of evidence is missing in the investigation into how a Phoenix firefighter and his son's teenage friend fell to their deaths in August at Camelback Mountain.
Phoenix Police Department An orange piece of webbing similar to the one shown here was used by Gary Johnstone as an anchor point. The anchor failed for unknown reasons, resulting in the deaths of Johnstone and 15-year-old Trevor Crouse, and the piece of orange webbing used by them disappeared while in the custody of the fire department.
Gary Johnstone, a technical rescue team member and veteran firefighter for 15 years with the department, was pronounced dead at the scene on August 8; Trevor Crouse, 15, the son of a Phoenix police officer, survived for 10 hours before succumbing to his injuries. Another boy who fell at the same time recovered from his injuries.
A Phoenix police report released on Thursday and reviewed by New Times only deepens the mystery of how and why three people fell at the same time during rappelling practice.More »