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Missing 77-year-old Apple Valley man found dead in a desert field

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. ( — The search for a missing elderly Apple Valley man has ended tragically after he was found dead in a desert field.

On March 21st, deputies from the Apple Valley Police Department asked for the public’s help in locating 77-year-old Stepan Marzvanian. Deputies said Mr. Marzvanian left his residence in the 20400 block of Rimrock Road at about 10:20 am, on March 20th, and that was the last time he was seen or heard from.

Nearly two week’s later on April 1, 2023, at about 12:15 pm, a person riding a bike in the area of Los Padres and Pauhaska Roads near the Apple Valley Fire Center, found the man and called 911.

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A resident from an adjacent neighborhood said deputies showed up and taped off a small portion of the field, located just off the dirt road.

The San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office listed Marzvanian’s manner of death as pending. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Gustavo Garcia of the Apple Valley Station at (760) 240-7400.

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