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Hotevilla woman stabbed<br>to death at Trailer Village

GC VILLAGE — For the second time in four months, it appears Grand Canyon National Park may be the site of a homicide.

This Trailer Village residence was where 30-year-old Kim Quanimpetewa was found on Tuesday afternoon of last week. (Photo by Scott Woods/GC Photography)

Kim Suzette Quanimptewa, a 30-year-old Native American woman from Hotevilla on the Hopi Reservation, was stabbed to death last week in Grand Canyon Village.

The woman was found on the afternoon of June 12 in a residence at Trailer Village, which serves as housing for Amfac Resorts employees. Information on any possible arrest was not available before presstime.

Quanimpetewa was found by a Trailer Village resident at 2:30 p.m.

Sam Whitted, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy, said Friday afternoon that an arrest had not been made and the investigation was continuing.

"There are some strong investigative leads," Whitted said. "Our officers are in the field again today (Friday)."

After a medical exam had been conducted, the cause of death was determined to be stab wounds.

The Trailer Village housing units are mobile homes with separate entryways but residents use a common bathroom. It’s unclear if the woman was an Amfac employee.

Interviews with various individuals were conducted at the crime scene and continued well into the night. One National Park Service ranger said those involved with the investigation did not wrap up the first-day activities until 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Sandra Elizondo, an 18-year-old woman from Ontario, Calif., was a possible victim of violent crime back on the evening of Feb. 20 when she fell to her death from Grandeur Point on the South Rim.

Different possibilities exist for the cause of Elizondo’s death, such as accident or suicide, but law-enforcement agencies did not rule out homicide and had been conducting an ongoing investigation.

"They’re still following a number of leads," Grand Canyon National Park spokesperson Mallory Smith said about the Elizondo case. "They have some information, but very little that’s definitive."

With the possibility that there have been two murders in four months at Grand Canyon Village, Smith cautions the public to not panic about their safety, but did remind residents to lock their doors at night as one should at any other time.

Smith added that there’s no immediate threat to the community and she saw no reason to impose anything like a curfew.

Agencies involved with last week’s homicide include the NPS, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The NPS public affairs office is asking anyone with information to the June 12 death of Quanimpetewa to contact the Silent Witness hotline at 638-7767 or the county sheriff’s department at 1-800-338-7888.

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