Coconino County Sheriff’s deputies recovered the body of a deceased male they found at the base of Horseshoe Bend Overlook on Sunday.
The body was that of a 34-year-old male from Scottsdale.
The National Park Service received a phone call from tourists at the overlook early Sunday morning who reported they’d found a cell phone and water bottle on the edge of the overlook that seemed to be abandoned.
NPS officials notified the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office about the abandoned phone and water bottle. The sheriff’s office already had deputies in the area who were conducting a separate missing persons investigation.
Sheriff’s deputies and park service rangers looked over the edge and saw what they believed could be a human body lying at the base of the cliff wall.
NPS Rangers summoned the assistance of Classic Helicopters out of Page to fly officers down into the canyon. A sheriff’s deputy was flown in and confirmed there was a deceased male. A short time later, deputies located the deceased male’s vehicle in the parking lot of Horseshoe Bend.
Around 6 p.m. Sunday evening, the girlfriend of the deceased notified the Page Police Department and reported that her boyfriend was missing and may be suicidal. She had last heard from him the night before, and he communicated to her that he was at Horseshoe Bend. The girlfriend told officials that she had found some written communication left at their home in Scottsdale indicating he was contemplating suicide.
The body was removed from the area by helicopter and turned over to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The name of the man has not been released.