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Death at Midgley Bridge

MB Recovery photo aSedona 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.

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13 Comments

  1. Donna Joy says:

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  2. So sad!!! That bridge has taken so many lives in its past!

  3. Warren says:

    @ Debby Bird Rusin – The bridge has taken no one’s life. People take their own lives.

  4. Lin Ennis says:

    “Debby Bird Rusin, I feel like so many despondent people have claimed that Bridge! Not the other way around.”

  5. Sincerely I say,

    Very sad and I’m afraid it represents more of what’s coming down the road for many reasons to include coping skills ….. life provides lots of bumps, teaching our young folks how to deal with them needs to be increased in the homes and schools and that includes lessons on how to use failure to build success.

    Winning and Losing are required for success, show me a winner that didn’t fail (many times) along the way. With tongue-in-cheek, let’s outlaw bridges and guns for they are killing too many people.

    My prayers are with the family of this young man.

    Gary Chamberlain
    Cornville AZ
    Vietnam veteran

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  9. Maybe a higher fence or railing on the bridge to make itmre difficult to jump….

  10. If they want to go, they’ll find a way.

  11. It’s the bridge to another world. Since they choose to do it, at least they pick a nice spot to go…:)

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