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Media Release May 8, 2017
Page, AZ – The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Scottsdale, AZ man at a tourist attraction about 5 miles south of Page, Az.
On Sunday May 7, 2017, around 9:00 AM rangers from the National Park Service (NPS) at Glen Canyon located a phone and water bottle at the cliffs edge of Horseshoe Bend and notified the Sheriff’s Office of the suspicious items.
Sheriff’s Deputies from the Page, AZ office responded to the area. Deputies and Rangers looked over the edge and saw what they believed was a possible human body 600 to 800 feet down the cliff wall. NPS Rangers summonsed the assistance of Classic Helicopters out of Page to fly officers down into the canyon. A Sheriff’s deputy was flown in and confirmed there was a deceased male.
Deputies and detectives investigated the ownership of the phone found on top and determined the phone belonged to a 34-year male from Scottsdale, AZ. Deputies were able to locate the male’s vehicle in parking lot of Horseshoe Bend.
Around 6:00 PM, the Page, AZ Police Department was notified by the subject’s girlfriend, reporting he was missing and may be in the Page area and maybe suicidal. He had communicated with his girlfriend around 7:30 PM Saturday night that he was at Horseshoe Bend. On Sunday, the girlfriend found some written communication left at their home in Scottsdale indicating he was contemplating suicide.
The body was removed from the area by helicopter and turned over to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office.