Search for missing man takes deputies to bottom of a 100 foot ravine
Web Producer: Taylor Avey
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A late evening search for a missing elderly man leads rescue crews to a tragic discovery.
Cochise County deputies responded to a call about a missing 83-year-old man in the Cascabel area around 4:15 p.m. Saturday, according to Carol Capas with the Cochise County Sheriff's Department.
The man was reported missing by his daughter, who had last spoken to her father via a hand-held radio around noon Saturday. During their conversation, the man told his daughter he was on his tractor at Gold Mine Hill near Cascabel.
Capas tells KGUN9 that Cochise County Search and Rescue began searching for the man once his daughter reported that she could not get ahold of her father.
Arizona Department of Public Safety also responded to assist in the search via Ranger helicopter.
Around 6:15 p.m., the Ranger helicopter crew alerted Search and Rescue crews that they located the man's tractor at the bottom of a ravine, with an estimated drop of at least 100 feet.
Search and Rescue crews were able to reach the tractor where they found the man deceased, according to Capas.
Capas says the man was transported to the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office so that a full autopsy could be done, but no foul play is suspected in this incident at this time.