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Santa Cruz County sheriff: Searchers find remains of hiker from Ohio

Posted at 11:45 AM, Jul 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-10 16:40:57-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - A southern Arizona sheriff says searchers have recovered the remains of an Ohio man who got lost in February while hiking in rugged terrain in the Santa Rita Mountains near Tucson.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada said searchers on Wednesday located the remains of 82-year-old Harold "Joe" Smallwood of Springboro, Ohio, after being led to an area where another hiker on Tuesday found Smallwood's fanny pack.

A weeklong search launched Feb. 5 after Smallwood called 911 to report being lost was unsuccessful.

The search efforts included helicopters, canines, rescuers on horseback and experienced hikers, but rescue and then recovery efforts were complicated by snowfall and the area's rugged terrain.

Smallwood had been staying in Tucson.