Authorities say a California girl visiting an Arizona landmark has died from what appears to be an accidental fall.
Coconino County sheriff’s officials said Wednesday that the body of the 14-year-old girl was found about 700 feet (213 meters) below Horseshoe Bend overlook.
The tourist destination gives a view of a horseshoe-shaped span of the Colorado River flowing below red cliffs near the Arizona-Utah border. There are no barriers.
The girl’s family reported her missing from the overlook Monday afternoon, and an Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter later spotted her body.
A crew on the Department of Public Safety helicopter found the girl’s body about 700 feet below the overlook, officials said.
Because it was getting dark, rescuers were not able to recover her body Monday evening. Rescuers returned Tuesday and recovered her body around 10 a.m.
The girl’s body was taken to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office in Flagstaff, the sheriff’s office said.
Authorities weren’t able to recover it until Tuesday morning.
Sheriff’s deputies say the teen was visiting from the San Jose, California, area. They believe the fall was an accident but are still investigating.
Horseshoe Bend is an iconic tourist draw near the Utah-Arizona border where the Colorado River makes a dramatic curve surrounded by steep, red cliffs.
Source: The Associated Press & AZ Central