OAK CREEK CANYON -- Coconino Sheriff's investigators are looking into the death of an 80-year-old Sedona man who fell a distance estimated at 400 feet from Midgley Bridge to the Oak Creek bed Friday morning.
About 8:30 a.m., a woman called the Sedona Fire dispatcher saying she had just received a cell phone call from her husband who told her he was on Midgley Bridge and was preparing to jump over the side.
The fire dispatcher called Sedona Police who, in turn, advised Coconino Sheriff's Dispatch.
When a Sheriff's sergeant and a deputy arrived, both the Sedona Fire and Sedona Police were already at the bridge. The police officer was one of the first responders and said that when he arrived the elderly man was standing on the outside of Midgley Bridge holding onto the railing. Almost immediately, the man released his grip and fell to the bottom of the canyon. Sedona Fire rescue crews hiked to his location and confirmed he was deceased.
A Technical Rescue Team of eight Coconino Sheriff's Search and Rescue volunteers joined by two Sheriff's detectives hiked to the site of the fall and carried the man in a litter rescue basket back to the top.
Death investigators for the Coconino Medical Examiner's Office then took the body to the Coconino County Morgue. This investigation will be continued by the Sheriff's Office and the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office.