Park guide critically injured in attack in Arizona

Aug. 29, 2013 at 1:15 PM   |   Comments

WILLCOX, Ariz., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- A National Park Service guide was critically injured in an attack in a restroom at the Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona, authorities say.

Karen Gonzales, 60, of Willcox was found unconscious in a picnic area restroom Wednesday and was listed as critical but stable at a Tucson hospital Wednesday night, the Willcox Range News reported.

Cochise County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carol Capas said the person who found Gonzales said she appeared to have head trauma. Capas told the newspaper the government truck Gonzales was using was missing from the scene but was found later by tracking Gonzales' cellphone, which was reportedly in the vehicle at the time it was stolen, the newspaper said.

"We have all available resources dedicated to this case and we are working closely with our local, state, and federal partners to identify the suspect(s) who apparently seriously injured a federal employee, before stealing her vehicle and fleeing the area," Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels said in a statement.

"We will be diligent in our efforts to find those who are responsible for this senseless act and our thoughts and prayers are with her family in this very sad and stressful time."

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