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Colorado River

 The rim above Colorado River's Horseshoe Bend, downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam, near Page, is an increasingly popular spot with tourists.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Scottsdale man at a tourist attraction about 5 miles south of Page.

At about 9 a.m. Sunday, rangers from the National Park Service at Glen Canyon located a phone and water bottle at the cliffs edge of Horseshoe Bend Overlook, above the Colorado River, and notified the Sheriff’s Office of the suspicious items.

Sheriff's 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 summoned the assistance of Classic Helicopters out of Page to fly officers down into the canyon where a sheriff’s deputy confirmed the body was a deceased male.

Deputies and detectives determined the phone discovered at the overlook belonged to a 34-year male from Scottsdale. Deputies were able to locate the male’s vehicle in parking lot of Horseshoe Bend.

Around 6 p.m., the Page Police Department was notified by the subject’s girlfriend, reporting he was missing and may be in the Page area and may be suicidal. He had communicated with his girlfriend around 7:30 p.m. 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.

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Environment, Health and Science Reporter

Emery Cowan writes about science, health and the environment for the Arizona Daily Sun, covering everything from forest restoration to endangered species recovery efforts.

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