Carnival worker commits suicide at SW fairgrounds


Navajo Times | Donovan Quintero
Fairgoers walk in the rain during the Navajo Nation Fair Sept. 9 in Window Rock.

The death of a carnival worker Wednesday evening at the Southwest Fair grounds in Dilkon, Arizona, has been determined to be a suicide, according to the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office.

William Christiansen, 21, of Utah, was found hanging by his neck in the trailer he shared with other carnival workers at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, Navajo County Chief Deputy Jim Molesa said.

Molesa said there were no signs of foul play.

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Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth is the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation. Her other beats include agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.” She can be reached at