UPDATED: Suspect in the murder of Johnny Beckham still not located

UPDATE, July 21st: The death of Johnny Beckham has been designated a homicide. A warrant has now been issued for Brian Dunnan’s arrest. Original story below.

A person of interest in the June 29th death of Johnny Beckham, identified several days ago as Brian Douglas Dunann, has not yet been located.

What we know from official sources

Dunann is believed by law enforcement to have fled the area shortly after Beckham was shot a single time at a residence on Dreamy Lane in the Lakeside 5 subdivision north of Parker. Beckham later died from his injury in hospital. Dunann’s family vacation home is two doors down from Beckham’s in the 10000 block.

According to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit, Dunann is believed to have gotten into his black 2004 Range Rover with clear tail light covers and a temporary California tag of “AX20E61” and, on the basis of “credible information”, driven himself out of town.

The Department says it has been following up on many leads on Dunann’s whereabouts, including a location identified in the desert near Cienega Springs where they believe there has been no recent activity. On Tuesday, the Department flew the area by helicopter and did not locate the Range Rover or a red Nissan Pathfinder tied to Dunann by members of the public.

Instead, detectives say they believe Dunann may be in California, where he has a home and known associates in the town of Whittier, east of Los Angeles. Although they “highly doubt” he is still in the Parker area, the detectives working the case continue to follow up on local leads. If seen, Dunann should be considered armed and dangerous.

What can we reliably add from unofficial sources?

As information spreads throughout the community, some have said they know Dunann. Nicknamed “Quiet Brian” due to his low mumble, he is older-looking than his driver’s license photo released by law enforcement, and additional, more recent photos have circulated from his public Facebook profile (above, where he is pictured brandishing a firearm).

According to the profile, he graduated from Sierra High School in 1981, which would make him around 58 years old. He is said to have long hair now, past his shoulders. Some claim to have seen him at Walmart in Parker as recently as last weekend, though these sightings have not been confirmed by law enforcement and they have credible accounts to the contrary.

Other areas he is connected to: Lake Havasu City, Riverside and Whittier.


Location of the incident


Original ‘Wanted’ poster (old vehicle info redacted)

Dunann is wanted for questioning at this time. If you have reliable information to share with the detectives on his whereabouts, please call the La Paz County Non-Emergency Dispatch line at (928) 669-2281.

22 comments

  1. I just read he has a house in Whittier I live in Whittier and I am going to keep an eye for the car and him and post to all the Whittier neighborhood Facebook pages

  2. Such an upstanding looking kind of guy🤬

  3. Cassandra Ryan Umphlett me too, Mar Vista Heights

  4. He can’t hide forever.

  5. Wess McCoy Damn I lived on Mar Vista back in the day- right across from Mar Vista School

  6. Dave Milanowski he can run but not hide forever 👍

  7. Leslie Wilmott thanks I didn’t see this

  8. Anonymous & Concerned

    Okay So Why Hasn’t La Paz County Sheriffs Contacted Whittier Ca Sheriffs department and told them what’s going on and that the believe he is there and have his house in Whittier Ca . Searched there ?? That’s What I Wanna Know Why They Haven’t They Done That Or what is La Paz Actually Doing To Catch the monster who Murdered Johnny Beckham ? Are they actually even trying to make an attempt to find the person who did this or they just sweeping it under a rug and not giving a f&@k?
    I Wanna know why FBI HASN’T BEEN CALLED IN ALREADY AND WHY THEY AIN’T DOING WHAT THEY SHOULD BE .LIKE THEY HAVE IN THE PAST WITH CINDY WELCH AND OTHERS THEY JUST PICK AND CHOOSE WHO MEANT MORE AND WORTHY ENOUGH OR WHAT???

  9. Anonymous & Concerned – Why are you assuming that the Sheriff’s Department hasn’t done what you’re saying? (By the way, the FBI isn’t called into murder cases, typically.)

  10. Anonymous & Concerned lol you really think a fleeing murderer is going to go back to a place where they have lived get real, I’m guessing all the places he has lived is being watched.

  11. Anonymous & Concerned

    John Wright Because Sheriffs Department Hasn’t Handled Nothing From The Start The away They Should Have And Also I Find It Funny Because In Other Cases That Have Been put In Newspaper FBI Was Called In Right Away So what the Sheriffs Just Pick And Choose Who Worth Calling The FBI in? La Paz County Has Failed Too Many People Too Many Times To Count And I know For A Fact How They Work And How They Think Certain People’s Lives Mean More Then Others All Too Well And Also How Unprofessional and How Illegal The La Paz County Sheriff Has Handled So Many Cases and How Much They Have Made Me And So Many Others Loose All Hope and Faith in the legal justice system..
    Look it’s been a month and no new update in papers nothing on news and other sheriffs departments in other states and County didn’t even hear anything about Johnny’s case and I know this for a fact until someone made it aware to them by giving other sheriffs in other counties and states fliers and they said they haven’t heard anything about this case but they do now..

  12. Anonymously Pissed

    I Heard He’s Been Staying In Desert aim Quartzsite Arizona and Along The River In Blythe Ca and Ehrenberg Az. And why hasn’t this mf been caught yet why did cops let him be able to get away in second vehicle ?? This is complete crap Johnny’s family deserve justice and his son deserves answers and justice..
    Im also tired of reading peoples heartless and careless questions in comments asking if anyone knows why Johnny was shot HELLO IT DONT MATTER JOHNNY WAS A GOOD MAN AND COULD NEVER DO ANYTHING TO ANYONE TO DESERVE TO DIE LIKE HE DID NOTHING HE COULD OF OR MAY HAVE DONE DESERVED HIM BEING SHOT AND KILLED AND TAKEN FROM HIS SON AND FAMILY NOTHING SO HAVE A DAMN HEART AND STOP ASKING WHY OR WHAT FOR IT DOESNT MATTER HE DIDNT DESERVE TO BE KILLED AND HIS SON AND FAMILY DESERVE ANSWERS AND JUSTICE AND THERE NOT GETTING IT DOESNT THAT MATTER MORE PEOPLE COME ON!!

  13. Maybe it was self defence. Or an accident and he panicked and ran. Innocent until proven guilty.

  14. Hey Anonymously Pissed so you are saying you heard where he’s been staying ? that’s with holding info from a murder investigation , even if you heard it from some one else or even a third or forth party which means any of those people seen him or know where he is , or are you just guessing ? He hasn’t been caught yet because you are with holding info ?

  15. I do agree innocent unless proven guilty

  16. I wish there was a more recent photo of brian besides this old onehow old is this photo?

  17. Brian would not just walk up to someone and shoot them for no reason. It could have been an accident. It could have been a mistake. Maybe he panicked and ran. If no one was there to witness then then no one knows the truth, yet. I know Brian well and he’s not a stone cold killer. I feel very bad for the mans family. Its all so sad.

  18. Trish Soto apparently you don’t read enough social media websites , Because Johnny was conscious and speaking to the police as they arrived , they know he did it and they probably know why but aren’t saying because its an open investigation, nobody shoots anybody by mistake.

  19. Joe- Firearm accidents are responsible for around 500 deaths a year, so that’s not quite true. It happens. I’m not saying it happened here — we don’t know what happened here – but there is a non-zero chance of it happening.

  20. john wright- did you read my response ? Johnny was conscious and speaking as police arrived , They know who and probably why , And yes I know there are accidents with firearms but this was not one, And your numbers are off on the deaths per year its way higher.

  21. I do read a lot of social media and I have yet to read anything confirmed from an eye witness also I may be mistaken but I do believe what I did read was that he was conscious and there no comment of who he said did it , I agree with Trish.

  22. Again all you people need to read MORE social media websites , This is a quote from one of Johnny’s relatives : Alyssa Sherratt. *There is way more info we can’t disclose pending the investigation. But he is the main and only suspect.* When an incident occurs the first one on scene is the police UNTIL all threats are cleared then the medics and the the first thing police ask is who did it and why so I’m pretty sure Johnny told them other wise they would be looking for someone else.

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