Police have made a grim discovery while retrieving the remains of a man who fell to his death while taking a photo at a canyon.
Orlando Serrano-Arzola, 25, fell from the edge of a cliff overlooking the Colorado River at the Glen Canyon Dam Overlook, in the US state of Arizona, on Sunday about 9am, according to the National Park Service.
“Witnesses reported the victim was on top of the rim overlooking the Colorado River taking pictures when he fell approximately 100 feet (30 metres) and then slid approximately 150 feet (45m) further,” the park service said.
“The victim suffered severe trauma and showed no signs of life after the fall.”
Jon Paxton, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, told NBC Mr Serrano-Arzola fell while climbing rocks to get a better view.
However, while retrieving the body of Mr Serrano-Arzola, police from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office found bones at the canyon’s base.
They have determined the bones are human and unrelated to the man’s death.
An investigation into the bones is ongoing.
Mr Serrano-Arzola’s remains were transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Flagstaff for an autopsy.
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