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Air Force Airman Arrested in Homicide of Sunday School Teacher, Deputies Say


Arrest made in Sasha Krause Homicide CaseFlagstaff, AZ – "On April 21, 2020 around 9:20 am, Detectives from Coconino County Sheriff’s Office accompanied by Detectives from San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico served search warrants and arrested Mark Gooch at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, AZ for the homicide of Sasha Krause. Sasha Krause had been reported as a missing person from the Mennonite Community in Farmington, NM in January 2020. She was located deceased in Coconino County in February 2020. Detectives with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, through their investigation, learned that during the time Sasha Krause went missing, Gooch had traveled from Luke Air Force Base, where he lives, to Farmington, New Mexico. Further investigation placed Gooch near Sunset Crater in Coconino County where Krause’s body was located. Multiple state and federal agencies worked together on this investigation which led to the arrest of Gooch. Coconino County Sheriff Jim Driscoll would like to thank San Juan County Sheriff Shane Ferrari and his staff for their ongoing coordinated efforts in the investigation, the Department of Public Safety Crime Lab, Glendale Police Department, Office of Special Investigation Detachment 421, U.S. Air Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The investigation is still on going, and no further information is available at this time." -Press release from Coconino County Sheriff's Office

Posted by San Juan County Sheriff's Office, NM on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Authorities announced Tuesday that an Air Force airman was arrested in the homicide of a Sunday school teacher. Mark Gooch faces a pending criminal case for the death of Sasha Krause.

The victim, a member of the Mennonite community in Farmington, New Mexico, went missing in January 2020. She was last seen leaving her home on the 18th, authorities said. That was in San Juan County, N.M., but she was found the next month in Coconino County, Ariz., authorities said.  The counties are more than four hours away from one another by car.

Investigators are going after Gooch for this. The defendant went from Luke Air Force Base in Maricopa County, Arizona to Farmington at the time Krause went missing, according to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.

“Further investigation placed Gooch near Sunset Crater in Coconino County where Krause’s body was located,” said deputies with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.

Mark Gooch

The investigation is ongoing. Authorities did not release an alleged motive. Charges were not listed. Nonetheless, San Juan Sheriff Shane Ferrari leaned in pretty hard during a statement to Facebook.

“The sheriff of Coconino County and I are committed to making sure that Mark Gooch receives a max sentence for these horrible crimes, and yes, Arizona still has the death penalty,” he said.

It’s unclear if Gooch has an attorney in this matter.

[Mugshot via Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office]

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