Hiker falls to her death near Sedona

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

SEDONA, Ariz. -- A 61-year-old hiker from Tucson fell to her death while hiking near the Devil’s Bridge outside Sedona, in the Coconino National Forest.

The Sedona Fire Department was called out around 4:00 p.m. on November 27, regarding an injured hiker. That hiker had fallen on what is known as the "stairs" located next to Devil’s Bridge. This area is composed of natural red rock, with some of the rock stacked in such a way to form a very steep "staircase."

When fire personnel arrived about 30 minutes after the call, they found the victim with her husband and two other people, who identified themselves as doctors, attempting to revive her. The victim had suffered head trauma. She had fallen an estimated eight feet.

The victim’s husband told deputies he was hiking with his wife and son, and when they reached Devil’s Bridge, his wife decided not to venture out on the bridge. She told them she would begin hiking back ahead of them and left towards the stairs.

According to the victim’s husband, he and his son began hiking back only 30 seconds after she left. As both were hiking down the stairs, they discovered she had fallen. Two people who identified themselves as doctors were next to her, and had started CPR. The doctors alternated resuscitation efforts until the arrival of fire personnel. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sedona fire crews transported the victim down the mountain by hiking to the trail head and releasing the body to the custody of the Yavapai County Medical Examiner.