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A California woman has tragically lost her life after falling 140 feet down a cliff while hiking with her family in the Sedona area on Monday morning.

According to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO), 40-year-old Zaynad Joseph was hiking with her husband and 1-year-old child on the Bear Mountain Trail when the incident occurred.

YCSO reported that they responded to a call about a woman who had fallen down the cliff. When emergency crews arrived, a group of hikers who had heard the commotion were already on the scene attempting to assist the victim.

One hiker had made their way down the embankment and found that Joseph was still breathing, but she tragically passed away shortly after. Sedona Fire Department personnel confirmed Joseph’s death upon arrival.

Search and Rescue (SAR) teams from YCSO, as well as a DPS Ranger helicopter, were dispatched to the remote location to aid in the recovery effort. Joseph’s husband and child were airlifted from the mountain, unharmed.

The Joseph family was visiting from California and had been renting an Airbnb in the Sedona area at the time of the tragic incident.

YCSO has conducted multiple interviews with hikers coming off the mountain, but the exact cause of the fatal fall remains under investigation. Authorities are urging anyone with information or who may have witnessed the accident to contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260.

Hiking safety experts caution that even well-marked trails can pose serious risks, especially in rugged terrain like that found in the Sedona area. They advise hikers to exercise extreme caution, stay on designated paths, and be prepared for unexpected situations when venturing into the great outdoors.

Photo Credit: Jake Case

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