Hiker dies after 250-foot fall on Camelback Mtn.Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Fire Department recovered the body of a hiker who died on Camelback Mountain Thursday night.
Investigators say Tessa June Worby, 20, veered from the main trail onto a small, unmarked path and fell approximately 250 feet.
According to firefighters, concerned family members called police Thursday night when the woman did not return from a hike. She left for the hike at about 2 p.m.
Family members went to Echo Canyon Park, where they found her car.
"They headed up the trail and found her body approximately 100, 150 feet off the trail," said Officer Luis Samudio of the Phoenix Police Department.
According to Samudio, wind and darkness made it difficult for crews to get to the woman. The recovery effort got under way once the sun came up.
Lanning reportedly was an avid hiker. It's believed that she was hiking alone and nobody saw what happened.
Although the exact cause of death is pending the medical examiner's report, investigators believe that her death was accidental.
"No foul play is suspected," Samudio said.
The mountain was closed for the investigation and recovery, which took most of the morning.