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Missing ASU Professor Found Deceased

Missing ASU Professor Found Deceased
May 09
11:32 2016

On Sunday at approximately 11:10 am the body of missing hiker Debra Schwartz was located in an unnamed slot canyon below the rim of Oak Creek Canyon. A three member technical rescue team that was tasked with checking the slot canyons located her.

Debra Schwartz

Debra Schwartz

Debra Schwartz, an Arizona State University Professor, was found to be missing from her campsite at Pine Flats campground near Flagstaff on Friday

Several slot canyons that run from the rim to the canyon floor were partially searched Saturday, however steep inclines, very rough terrain and thick underbrush made conditions unsafe for conventional ground searchers. The three technical rescue teams that were deployed Sunday were assigned to thoroughly check the slot canyons in the area.

A technical rescue team that was searching an unnamed slot canyon discovered Debra Schwartz’s body. This technical rescue team completed two rope rappels to make their way into the canyon to a spot where they were able to see the body and then a third rappel to actually reach the body. She was located approximately ½ mile from her campsite.

The body will be transported to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office. Coconino County Sheriff’s Detectives will work with personnel from the medical examiner’s office in an attempt to determine the cause and manner of death.

In a press release, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office thanked the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Unit for providing ground searchers, dog search teams, mounted searchers, the Yavapai County Jeep Posse, their Air Rescue Helicopter and their technical rescue teams.

The Sheriff’s Office also expressed their gratitude to the the Arizona Department of Public Safety for the assistance of their air rescue helicopters and crews based in Flagstaff and in Kingman.

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