The Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputy who is stationed in the Forest Lakes Community was dispatched to this incident along with the Heber Overgaard Fire Department. Upon the Deputy’s arrival, and with the assistance of medical personnel who were on scene, the determination was made that Mr. Frazier died from injuries he sustained as a result of the fall. The Deputy became aware that this incident occurred in both Coconino and Gila Counties and requested assistance from the Gila County Sheriff’s Office. Gila County Sheriff’s Sergeant Terry Hudgens and the Tonto Rim Search and Rescue Technical Team responded.
Prior to the arrival of the Technical Team, personnel from the Forest Lakes and Heber/Overgaard Fire Departments moved the victim approximately half-way up the incline. The Tonto Rim Rope Team assisted in extricating the victim to the top.
The investigation is being continued by the Gila County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.