Authorities recover a body from Phoenix peak

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- Authorities Tuesday recovered a body on Piestewa Peak in north-central Phoenix, and it's believed to be a hiker who was reported missing Monday morning.

"We received a call from another law enforcement jurisdiction outside of Phoenix asking us to look in this area for an individual that may have left as early as yesterday morning to go on a hike," says Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump:

The name of the man wasn't immediately released Tuesday, but Phoenix police say he's in his 70s.

They say the body was found about 40 feet off the trail, in a ravine. Investigators also found the missing man's car on the other side of the trail.

Police say they do not suspect foul play in the case. "We now have detectives out here," says  Crump. "We don't, at this point, have any indications of foul play."

Crump says at this point it is too early to tell what misfortune the man may have encountered on the mountain... whether he fell victim to the elements during Monday's storm, ran out of water, had a medical condition, or simply fell.

But Crump says what he does know is the chances for a successful search were hampered from the start.

"We have people that are coming out here, they are hiking in extreme conditions but they are hiking alone and people do not know their location and we have found that to be a problem here on two cases," he says.

Crump says had someone known where this man was going and when he was supposed to return, searchers may have been able to do something sooner. Now their focus is on recovering the body and piecing together what happened.