Sedona AZ (July 1, 2016) – The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit coordinated the rescue of two hikers stranded on Wilson Mountain.
Around 7:15 in the evening, the regional 911 Center in Flagstaff received a call from two hikers stranded by cliffs on the south face of Wilson Mountain, north of the city of Sedona. The hikers had started their hike around 2:00 p.m. and went off trail around 4:00 p.m. They continued to hike up the mountain until they became stuck on rock cliffs.
Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded along with Sheriff’s Search and Rescue crews. Two search crews hiked trails up to the area, but were unable to reach the hikers due to the cliffs and nightfall. Searchers had contact with the subject and were able to establish the hikers were okay and requested the hikers shelter in place until morning.
At daylight, a Coconino County Search and Rescue Technical team along with a Sedona Fire Technical team responded to the area. The Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter from Tucson was called, but was cancelled when the Flagstaff helicopter became available
The Flagstaff Ranger helicopter located the stranded hikers from the air and were able to perform a one-skid landing on the cliff. The helicopter medic was able to scramble up to the hikers and walk them back down to the helicopter. The two hikers were flown off the mountain to Slide Rock State Park, examined by Sedona Fire medics and released with no injuries.
The hikers, both in their early twenties, are students of ASU and Mesa Community College.
Around 10:00 in the morning of July 1, 2016, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Kane County (Utah) Sheriff’s Office advising a rancher had located human skeletal remains between Fredonia and Jacob Lake, Arizona.
A local rancher working his cattle range area, south of State Highway 89A, discovered the human remains, clothing, boots and a day pack under a tree. Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the range area and are currently processing the scene.
Deputies did locate a handgun under the remains. CCSO deputies and detectives are checking missing person cases and attempting to identify the remains. As information becomes available, SedonaEye.com will provide updates.