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 Roy Lee Stanley

Roy Lee Stanley

Original Name Roy Lee
Birth
San Juan County, Utah, USA
Death 5 Dec 1987 (aged 27)
San Juan County, Utah, USA
Burial San Juan County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 148377 · View Source
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Officer Roy L. Stanley
Died on December 5, 1987

Age 27
Navajo Department of Public Safety
Homicide: Handgun

The bodies of Officer Stanley and Officer Andy Begay were discovered inside a burned-out tribal police vehicle in Copper Canyon, an isolated area near Lake Powell. The two officers were handcuffed and shot, but had in fact died in the fire. Subsequent investigation revealed that during the night Officer Stanley, 27, had been overpowered by the participants of an alcohol party near Goulding, Utah. He was then forced to call Officer Begay, 35, to the scene. Upon arrival of the second officer, both victims were shot and placed in the rear of a patrol unit. Their vehicles were driven into Copper Canyon with the intention of dumping them into Lake Powell. However, when the vehicles became stuck in the sand, they were set ablaze. Although cultural differences hampered the investigation, four suspects were arrested three months later and charged with the murders. The case against one suspect was eventually dropped. One suspect was acquitted. The remaining two were convicted of first-degree murder. Both are serving life sentences in federal prison. Officer Stanley was married and the father of a son. His wife was expecting their second child at the time of his death. He is buried in Monument Valley Cemetery. His bronze name plaque is sponsored by the Utah State Parks Officers Association.

*This information was found on utahsfallen.org and posted here with their permission.


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  • Maintained by: Cemetery Walker
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 148377
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Roy Lee Stanley (24 Jan 1960–5 Dec 1987), Find A Grave Memorial no. 148377, citing Monument Valley Cemetery, San Juan County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Cemetery Walker (contributor 47037844) .