Japanese tourist dies hiking popular AZ trail

July 8, 2011 12:21:38 PM PDT
Arizona authorities say a Japanese tourist has died after falling 50 to 100 feet from a ledge on a popular hiking trail. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says deputies searched a trailhead at Bell Rock near Sedona and found the 51-year-old woman's body Thursday afternoon. She had been reported missing from a nearby resort a day earlier.

Detectives are investigating but authorities do not suspect foul play.

The Sheriff's Office is in contact with the Japanese Consulate for assistance in locating the woman's family back in Japan.

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