Tyler Stice: High Desert Hounding

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Tyler Stice was a 20 year old from Kingman, AZ. He was an avid gamer and his love and joy was his black Ford Mustang. On the morning of June 21, 2016, Tyler left for work—a job at a furniture company. He never arrived. A few days later his car was found in the parking lot of a mountain camping area. He was never seen again.









If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Tyler Stice, please contact the Kingman Police Department at (928) 753-2101.

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1 thought on “Tyler Stice: High Desert Hounding

  1. I wonder if the purchase of the rifle was a “straw purchase”. When you go to buy a gun from a store, the store is required by federal law to perform a background check on you to see if you have a criminal record or other types of problems. If you have a criminal record, they will not sell you the gun. Because of this, sometimes when criminals want to buy a gun but know the store will not sell them one, they convince someone with a clean record to go and buy the gun instead, and give them the gun afterwards.

    I can’t help wonder if this happened to Tyler. Someone convinced him to buy the rifle and give it to them. It is quite likely that Tyler didn’t know all the reasons behind why they wanted him to do this, and they almost certainly lied to him about it too, and maybe they offered to pay him back more than he originally paid for the gun in the first place.

    So he bought the gun and went to that place to hand it over to the buyer, and the buyer maybe abducted him to tie off loose ends.

    The reason I thought of this was because there were a few things that bothered me about the theory that he bought the gun for protection when he went to meet someone. First of all, if he were so nervous about meeting someone that he was going to bring a gun, why would he go at all? Especially meeting them in a remote location? Why wouldn’t he insist on meeting them in the middle of downtown? Whereas to meet someone to sell them a rifle, it makes more sense to do that in a secluded area.

    The second problem with the idea that he bought the gun for self-defense is that a .22 rifle is just about the worst possible type of gun to use for self-defense. Now, this may be a bit subjective, in the sense that maybe Tyler bought a .22 rifle because he was familiar with it and felt more comfortable with that type of gun, but still. Any type of rifle would be very long and too hard to conceal, so when he met the person he would have to be standing there holding the rifle — not the type of greeting that get most meetings off to a good start. Then it’s large and heavy, and if he had to use it it would take some time to swing it into position pointing at his assailant. Since the rifle is so long, the assailant could easily jump forward and move the barrel out of the way, as the barrel would be a couple of feet closer to the assailant than Tyler would have been. Lastly, in the unlikely event Tyler managed to get a shot off, the bullet from a .22 rifle is the smallest bullet any firearm shoots, and the least likely to disable his attacker.

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