Authorities say a 14-year-old California girl died Monday after plunging 700 feet to her death at Arizona’s famous Horseshoe Bend tourist attraction.
Citing the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, the Associated Press reported that the body of the unidentified San Jose girl was discovered “about 700 feet below Horseshoe Bend overlook.”
Authorities said the teen was previously reported missing from the area on Monday afternoon by family members she was vacationing with. Her body was reportedly recovered on Christmas morning.
Horseshoe Bend offers picturesque views of the Colorado River, and is located just south of Page, and about five miles from the start of Grand Canyon National Park.
The girl’s death at the attraction is not the first this year. According to azcentral, a man lost his life after falling “about 800 feet off of the overlook” on May 6. Further, a Greek man also plunged to his death after falling about 600 feet in 2010, the Arizona Daily Sun reported at the time.
While the young girl’s death is believed to be an accident, officials said the investigation is ongoing.
Safety rails were reportedly installed on a viewing deck of the tourist destination in June, though visitors are still allowed to walk along the ridge at their own risk.
This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates as information becomes available.
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