Dear Friends of Michael Grenley - it is with the deepest regret that I must inform you of the passing of Michael Grenley. We have taken great care to attempt to notify all close friends and family members via direct contact. Undoubtedly, some of you will have been missed. Facebook is not the ideal vehicle for communicating such difficult news. At the request and on behalf of Missy, we would like to express how grateful we are for the tireless search efforts conducted by friends, colleagues, community, and law enforcement. We are particularly grateful to the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team for bringing Michael home. This will undoubtedly be a long journey of recovery for the Grenley family. We request your understanding, patience, and privacy as the family grieves. To that end, we have suspended comments in this forum. A moderated blog has been established at http://fomgblog.blogspot.com/ for sharing your support of the family and rememberances of Michael. Please note that comments will not appear immediately (up to 24 hours) due to moderator pre-screening.
Michael Grenley's wife thought her husband left for lunch on July 19, but grew concerned when he never returned to their Glendale home. His body was found more than two weeks later next to his Jeep Rubicon north of Lake Pleasant.
A motorcyclist came across the red Jeep on Aug. 6 and alerted the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office. The vehicle was off the main road on rough terrain at least 10 miles north of Lake Pleasant. The Jeep's front end was stuck on a large boulder, said Dwight D'Evelyn, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.
Grenley had clearly died a while ago, although the time and cause of his death is not yet known, D'Evelyn said. The Medical Examiner's Office is reviewing the body, but D'Evelyn said there was no evidence of foul play or struggle.
After an exhaustive search, Melissa Grenley learned Monday that her husband had been found. She said it was a mix of shock and relief that he'd finally been located.
Several of his co-workers from Honeywell had searched for their friend. They even started a fund to help pay for a private investigator, Grenley said. She'd also posted a message on the Arizona Virtual Jeep Club's website asking people to keep an eye out for her husband's red Jeep. The club members' efforts went beyond her expectations. They spent "many, many tanks of gas and many, many days out in the desert looking for a man they didn't even know," Grenley said.
She doesn't know what made her 41-year-old husband, who'd been working from their home near 75th Avenue and Deer Valley Road, opt to go off-roading alone. He almost always took someone with him, she said.
She called him a wonderful father and regretted he wouldn't be there to see their 6-year-old son grow up.
She said she'd met Michael when she was just 18 years old. They'd been married 17 years and she called him her biggest supporter.
"We were best friends," Grenley said. "We kind of grew up together."
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