Hiker dies in fall from Bell Rock in Sedona

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A 28-year-old woman died when she fell approximately 125 feet from Bell Rock on Monday, according to Dwight D'Evelyn with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

Krista Hower of Sedona called the sheriff's office at 3:30 p.m. to say she got stuck in a steep section of the rock face while trying to climb down the south side of Bell Rock.

She indicated her position was about a third of the way up the mountain and that she was unable to maneuver further.

Members of the Verde Search and Rescue Team and the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team's (YCSRT) Back Country unit were called out and deployed.

A DPS Ranger helicopter also arrived to assist. 

Although cell phone communication was not consistent, the woman had brief contact with deputies around 5:30PM indicating she was cold but doing ok.

Around 6 p.m., search and rescue teams began a coordinated effort to rappel down to her.

When they arrived at her last known location, she could not be found.

Rescuers then discovered she had fallen -- landing on a south facing ledge and was deceased.

The cause of the fall has not been determined.

Deputies and searchers remained on site throughout the night with plans to remove her body at day break.

At 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, a recovery team climbed to her location, secured her body and hiked out to awaiting medical examiner personnel.

The cause of death is pending the medical examiner's findings.

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