PHOENIX - Police have identified the woman who apparently fell 250 feet to her death on Camelback Mountain
in Phoenix on Thursday night, Feb. 5.
According to Phoenix investigators, 20-year-old Tessa Worby
veered from the main trail onto a small, unmarked path sometime between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. She then fell off a ledge.
Family members became concerned after the woman, an avid hiker, did not return from her hike, said Phoenix Fire
Captain Courtney Jenkins.
Worried relatives drove to the park and found Worby's car still in the parking lot.
Police later found her body in Echo Canyon at the base of a cliff, but windy weather and darkness prevented rescuers from getting to the scene until early Friday.
Although the exact cause of death is pending the medical examiners report, investigators believe that her death was accidental.
There are a lot of dangerous curves on this mountain, said Jenkins. You have to emphasize being as safe as you can. You have to take the worst scenario always in consideration.
Roy Wojtak of Fire Station 12 was one of the firefighters who helped recover Worby's body. He said the area where she fell is a challenging one even for experts.
"We do training in that area," Wojtak said. "There are small trails but mainly rocks, it is possible she was climbing on the mountain."
Wojtak says it takes time for crews to get into those areas and they often have to hike in since there are limited places where they can land their helicopter.
"It just takes one slip, you can't afford to make a mistake," said Wojtak. "The victim being so young it really hurts to see something like that."
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