PAGE, Ariz. (CBS SF/AP) — Authorities said a San Jose teen girl visiting Arizona has died from what appears to be an accidental fall.
Coconino County Sheriff’s officials said Wednesday that the 14-year-old girl was initially reported missing by her family around 4 p.m. Monday afternoon.
The girl and her family were visiting from San Jose. She was last seen in the area of Page on Horseshoe Bend Overlook, according to sheriff’s deputies. The tourist destination gives a view of a horseshoe-shaped span of the Colorado River flowing below red cliffs near the Arizona-Utah border. There are no barriers.
Crews with CCSO and the Arizona Department of Public Safety began to search the area. An Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter later spotted the girl’s body about 700 feet (213 meters) below the overlook.
Authorities were not able to recover her body until Tuesday morning, since her body was located close to nightfall. Her body was transported to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office in Flagstaff.
The CCSO believes the fall was an accident, but the incident remains under investigation.
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