Hiker found dead by searchers in north-central Arizona

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Sheriff: Hiker found dead in north-central Arizona

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities say a Sedona man who went missing while hiking in the Coconino National Forest in north-central Arizona has been found dead.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn says the agency's helicopter spotted 57-year-old David Polcyn's body in a canyon area Monday morning and that it appears he was injured from a fall.

Crews are working to remove the body and D'Evelyn says the exact cause of death will be determined at a later time.

A search for Polcyn began late Saturday after Polcyn's wife reported him missing after he failed to arrive at a trailhead northeast of Camp Verde and south of Sedona.

The search continued Sunday and resumed Monday morning.

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SEDONA, Ariz. -- A hiker who was reported missing has been found dead in the Coconino National Forest, according to an email from Dwight D’Evelyn with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

A crew in YCSO’s Rescue 1 Helicopter located the body of David Polcyn in a narrow canyon area.

It appears he suffered injuries from a fall, but the exact cause of death will be determined at a later time.

Crews are in the process of coordinating removal of the body.

Polcyn’s wife and family have been notified.

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SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) -- An air and ground search continues for a hiker reported missing in the southern half of the Coconino National Forest in north-central Arizona.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office reports that searchers looked without success late Saturday and again on Sunday for 57-year-old David Polcyn of Sedona. The search resumed Monday.

Polcyn was reported missing after failing to arrive at a trailhead northeast of Camp Verde and south of Sedona.

The search has included ground crews and law enforcement agencies' helicopters.

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Media Release

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

Search for Missing Hiker in Beaver Creek Wilderness Continues

At 7:30 PM November 15, 2014, YCSO was contacted by the wife of 57-year-old David Polcyn, to report him missing.

David was hiking a portion of Forest Road 618 south of the Beaver Creek Campground (beginning at FS 9201J) and was expected to arrive at the Bell Trailhead around 5 PM.

David had supplies with him including food, water and warm clothing.

Attempts to reach/track his cell phone since the initial call to YCSO have been unsuccessful.

The Polcyn’s are from Sedona.

David does have prior hiking experience and no major health concerns.

Deputies immediately began a search of the Bell trail area while search teams were called to deploy.

Once the teams arrived, they began checking trails between David’s point of departure and intended destination – mostly in the vicinity of FR 618.

A DPS Ranger Helicopter with night vision capability also assisted the ground crews.

The search continued until 3 AM Sunday without success and was scaled back until daylight.

The search effort has been ongoing aided by DPS Ranger and YCSO’s Rescue 1 helicopter.

Search teams include those on foot and ATV and also a search dog team.

Approximately 25 personnel are currently involved in the effort.