A San Jose-area girl died after falling about 700 feet from an overlook in Arizona on Christmas Eve, sheriff’s officials in Coconino County said Wednesday.
The 14-year-old girl, whose name wasn’t released, was reported missing by her family about 4 p.m. Christmas Eve because they hadn’t seen her in a couple of hours.
The sheriff’s search-and-rescue unit and an air rescue unit from the Arizona Department of Public Safety responded to the area to search for the teen.
She was spotted at the bottom of Horseshoe Bend, about 700 feet below the overlook, according to the sheriff’s office. Because it was about to get dark, rescuers were not able to get to her body that day.
Rescuers came back Christmas Day and recovered her body about 10 a.m. She was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Flagstaff, Ariz. Sheriff’s officials said the family was visiting from the San Jose area.
The fall appears to have been an accident, but it’s still under investigation, according to a news release issued by the sheriff’s office.
The overlook gives a view of a bend of the Colorado River about 5 miles south of Lake Powell’s Glen Canyon Dam. There is no guardrail at the edge of the sandstone cliffs.
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