Lockport, NY - A man from Lockport who packed his bags, and headed out West was recently found dead in the Arizona desert.
2 On Your Side talked to Trish Carter, a spokeswoman from the Mohave County Sheriff's Department in Kingman, Arizona. Carter said the body of 48-year old Mark Dunham was found last Wednesday in the desert by a person that was driving by. It appears to investigators that Dunham was heading to Las Vegas, but are not sure how he ended up in the desert.
Dunham's wife Claire talked to 2 On Your Side Reporter Patrick Moussignac at the couple's home. Claire says her husband left about 2-months ago, and she barely had any contact with him. She said they've been married since 2004, and that he worked as a General Manager at the Oak Tree Inn in Cheektowaga. Claire went to say that deputies from the Niagara County Sheriff's Office informed her on Friday that her husband was found dead.
Authorities say Dunham left Western New York by Amtrak and traveled all the way to Kingman, Arizona, which is located in the Golden Valley. The Sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter said he got off the train there, and his remains were found about a mile from Highway 93. Carter says Dunham somehow traveled a distance of about 12-miles from the train station. She went to say this highway is a popular route for people who are heading to and from Las Vegas from the Kingman area, and its a distance of about 90-miles.
Dunham was carrying a backpack, and he still had the Amtrak tickets in his pocket. A medical examiner in Arizona has determined that Dunham may have have froze to death.
Carter told 2 On Your Side, "In this part of the region it gets cold. In the 30's at night, freezing, and I'm not sure exactly how long you know, obviously how long this person was out there. The medical examiner did tell us he believes the victim was out there approximately 3 weeks."
Dunham's wife declined a request for an on-camera interview, but she did say there are no plans for a funeral. Instead the family will gather privately to mourn his death.