Japanese tourist dies hiking popular Arizona trail

AP News
Posted: Jul 08, 2011 6:08 PM
Japanese tourist dies hiking popular Arizona trail

Arizona authorities say a Japanese tourist has died after falling 50 to 100 feet from a ledge on a popular hiking trail.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says deputies searched a trailhead at Bell Rock near Sedona and found the 51-year-old woman's body Thursday afternoon.

She was identified Friday as Yumiko Hayashi. She had been reported missing from a nearby resort a day earlier. Authorities didn't immediately provide her hometown.

Sheriff's officials say they contacted the Japanese Consulate for assistance in locating the woman's family back in Japan.

Detectives are investigating but authorities do not suspect foul play.