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Posted on: March 1, 2017

Update on Death Investigation of Body Recovered from Canyon below Midgley Bridge - Likely Suicide

Oak Creek Canyon – The person whose body was recovered yesterday afternoon from the creek below Midgley Bridge has been identified as a 20 year-old, male who was a student at Arizona State University (ASU).  His body was located by hikers on February 28, 2107 in the creek below Midgley Bridge.  Sedona Fire responded and confirmed the subject was deceased.  Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue recovered the body.  Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Detectives preliminarily identified the subject by information in his wallet and located his vehicle in the parking lot at Midgley Bridge.

Although the body had been located below Midgley Bridge, investigators were at first cautious about referring to the case as a suicide until further investigation could be conducted.  The condition of the body did not show many of the external indicators typically associated with suicides from Midgely Bridge.

As the investigation continued, it was learned the student had been reported missing by family to ASU Police Department which contacted Northern Arizona University (NAU) Police Department on February 27, 2017.   It was learned the subject had last been seen on February 26, 2017 visiting a friend at NAU.  NAU PD entered him as a missing person into the National Crime Information Center database as missing and endangered based on suicidal statements that investigators learned he had made.   

Investigation is still ongoing and pending results from the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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