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A Woman Falls To Her Death On Bear Mountain Near Sedona Monday

A 40-year-old woman fell 140-feet to her death on Bear Mountain near Sedona Monday. Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report that a woman had fallen down a cliff while hiking with her husband and one-year-old child. A group of hikers stopped after hearing yelling and discovered that the woman was seriously injured. While members of the group called 911, one hiked down the embankment and found Zaynab Joseph still breathing. However, she passed away a short time later. Sedona Fire was first to respond and confirmed the death. Joseph’s husband and child were flown off the mountain, and Joseph’s body was recovered with help from a DPS Ranger and the search and rescue volunteers.  The family, who is from California, were renting an Airbnb in Sedona. YCSO conducted multiple interviews of hikers coming off the mountain, and the cause of the incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information, or who witnessed the fall, contact YCSO at (928) 771-3260.