PCSO investigating fatal fall in Superstition Mountains; woman identified

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A woman died after falling approximately 50 feet while hiking on the Massacre Grounds Trail near Lost Dutchman State Park. By Jennifer Thomas A woman died after falling approximately 50 feet while hiking on the Massacre Grounds Trail near Lost Dutchman State Park. By Jennifer Thomas
A woman died after falling approximately 50 feet while hiking on the Massacre Grounds Trail near Lost Dutchman State Park. By Jennifer Thomas A woman died after falling approximately 50 feet while hiking on the Massacre Grounds Trail near Lost Dutchman State Park. By Jennifer Thomas

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -- A 65-year-old Washington state woman fell to her death while hiking in the Superstition Mountains Wednesday morning.

The woman has been identified as Mona Mae Baker, of Hansville, Wash.

Elias Johnson with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said Baker fell approximately 50 feet while hiking up the Massacre Grounds Trail near Lost Dutchman State Park.

The woman's husband was with her and called 911.

Johnson said Michael Baker, 68, indicated he was not standing with his wife at the time of the fall and only saw the final seconds as she went over the edge.

Homicide detectives responded to the scene to speak with the man, which is standard procedure for a death investigation.

"We're looking at two real scenarios -- an accidental fall or possibly a suicide," Johnson said. "We just don't know."

Baker said he and his wife were experienced hikers and had hiked the same trail twice this year.

The sheriff's office continues to investigate the woman's death.