Bodies of Chandler man and son found at bottom of ravine

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The bodies of a Chandler man and his young son who disappeared on Friday have been found off of Interstate 17 north of Black Canyon City. By Catherine Holland The bodies of a Chandler man and his young son who disappeared on Friday have been found off of Interstate 17 north of Black Canyon City. By Catherine Holland
The bodies of a Chandler man and his young son who disappeared on Friday have been found off of Interstate 17 north of Black Canyon City. By Catherine Holland The bodies of a Chandler man and his young son who disappeared on Friday have been found off of Interstate 17 north of Black Canyon City. By Catherine Holland
The bodies of a Chandler man and his young son who disappeared on Friday have been found off of Interstate 17 north of Black Canyon City. By Catherine Holland The bodies of a Chandler man and his young son who disappeared on Friday have been found off of Interstate 17 north of Black Canyon City. By Catherine Holland
The bodies of a Chandler man and his young son who disappeared on Friday have been found off of Interstate 17 north of Black Canyon City. By Catherine Holland The bodies of a Chandler man and his young son who disappeared on Friday have been found off of Interstate 17 north of Black Canyon City. By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- The bodies of a Chandler man and his young son who disappeared on Friday have been found off of Interstate 17 north of Phoenix near Sunset Point.

The Department of Public Safety is just launching its investigation, but said Conrad Hernandez, 47, and his son Max, 7, were killed in a car wreck. The car went off a cliff, landing in some rough terrain. Hernandez and his son were thrown from the car; their bodies were found in a ravine.

Aerial video showed the badly damaged red Mazda at the bottom of the drop-off. There are several ravines and canyons in that area.

Max's mother reported the pair missing over the weekend.

The last time anyone saw them was Friday morning. Hernandez was supposed to take Max, who was autistic, to school. He called the school, however, and said Max was sick.

The mother, Maile Hernandez, became concerned when Hernandez, who reportedly suffered from depression, failed to show up for a scheduled meeting to discuss some financial issues. According to friends of Hernandez, he had even mentioned suicide.

After making some phone calls, Maile Hernandez learned Max wasn't at school. That's when she knew something was terribly wrong.

"I think he is in danger," Maile Hernandez said Sunday, just hours before her husband's car was discovered. "I can't think anything else. If it's been three days and my husband has told people he's suicidal and then disappeared, I can think of no other way to put it than he's in danger."

DPS Sgt. Kevin Wood said it will take quite some time to recover the vehicle and the bodies, which will be flown back down to Phoenix.

Wood said it's way too early to tell if the car was deliberately driven off the cliff or if it was an accident.