“There is no reason to believe foul play was involved and we want to dispel that rumor,” said Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Tim Cornelius.
The Williams Police Department initiated a search Feb. 6 when Nichols was first reported missing. The CCSO became involved since Nichols had maintained a residence north of Ash Fork at a flagstone quarry he had operated for more than 50 years. Coconino County Search and Rescue also was involved in the search. Nichols’ body was eventually discovered by friends.
“There was no foul play and he was not robbed,” Cornelius said. “This is a big loss for the city of Williams. He had many friends and was loved by the people at the senior center. He will be missed.”
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Williams Senior Center, 850 W. Grant Ave.