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California woman dies after falling down cliff while hiking in Arizona

Zynad Joseph, 40, was hiking with her husband and child in Sedona when she fell more than 100 feet down a cliff near Bear Mountain.
A trail to Bear Mountain in Sedona, Arizona.
Posted at 3:02 PM, Apr 17, 2024

A woman has died after falling down a cliff while hiking with her family in Arizona.

According to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, 40-year-old Zynad Joseph was with her husband and child when she fell 140 feet off the cliff on Bear Mountain trail. A group of hikers were able to get to Joseph and attempt to help her but she did not survive.

Missing hiker found dead with his dog alive by his side
A dog looks over a peak.

Missing hiker found dead with his dog alive by his side

A dog was found alive next to his dead owner after they had embarked on a hike in August and never returned.


Rescue crews and a helicopter assisted in getting to Joseph, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. YCSO says the family is from California and was renting a home on Airbnb in the area at the time.

The woman's husband and child were airlifted off the trail but were unharmed. YCSO is still investigating the cause of the woman's fall and is asking Anyone who witnessed the incident to call 928-771-3260.

This story was originally published by Clayton Klapper at Scripps News Phoenix.