Sedona AZ (October 11, 2013) – The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 27 year-old Cottonwood man who fell a distance of more than 200 feet from the top of Oak Creek Canyon Midgley Bridge to the canyon floor as a possible suicide.
On Wednesday, October 10, 2013, at 7:33 in the evening, Sedona 911 operators received a report of an unoccupied vehicle stopped on SR 89A Midgley Bridge parked at an angle with the driver’s door open. Sedona Police Officers and Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and found a bedroom slipper in close proximity to the guard rail but, due to the evening darkness and the distance to the canyon floor, rescuers were unable to see if someone was below.
A deputy and a Search and Rescue volunteer hiked to the bottom of the canyon and found a deceased adult male. They placed the body in a carrier and six Search and Rescue Unit members on the bridge hoisted the body up. The body was released to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office and transported to Flagstaff.
Coconino County Sheriff’s detectives are continuing the investigation. The name of the deceased man is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.