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.
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.