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Flagstaff police: Homicide a possibility in disappearance of Kelly Paduchowski

Kelly Paduchowski
Flagstaff Police Department
Kelly Paduchowski

Flagstaff police say they suspect 45-year-old Kelly Paduchowski may have been killed.

According to a timeline released by the department Tuesday afternoon, data from Kelly’s phone placed the device near the Schultz Creek Trail on Sunday morning. Her husband, Daniel Paduchowski, was observed there shortly after.

The phone returned to the couple’s Coconino Estates home shortly after noon. Kelly’s car — a white Mazda CX-5 — was found at the Campbell Mesa trailhead and photos show Daniel there around the same time.

Interviews with family members and witnesses as well as processed evidence led to Daniel’s arrest Monday. He was booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility on charges of aggravated assault and dangerous drug possession/use. He’s being held on a $500,000 bond.

Flagstaff police spokesperson Sgt. Jerry Rintala reiterates they’re still investigating, and the priority is to find Kelly even though homicide is now a possibility.

Kelly Paduchowski is described as a 45-year-old white woman, 5-foot-8 and 138 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing black shorts, a gray shirt and white running shoes.

Anyone who had contact with Daniel or Kelly Paduchowski Sunday is asked to contact the Flagstaff Police Department at 928-774-1414 or Silent Witness at 928-774-6111.

This is a developing story that's updated as more information becomes available. The most recent update was on July 2 at 4:30 p.m.