The human remains in the ravine were from an unknown and unrelated incident.
A 25-year-old man is dead after falling more than 250 feet off a cliff while taking photos at a scenic overlook, according to the National Park Service.
The incident happened when the National Park Service (NPS) dispatch at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area received a report around 9:04 a.m. on the morning of October 4, indicating that a man had fallen off a cliff.
The NPS reported that witnesses saw the man, later identified as Orlando Serrano-Arzola, aged 25, of Phoenix, Ariz., Taking pictures at the Glen Canyon Overlook near Page, Ariz., Before falling an estimated 1
“A deputy from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office roped down on the victim at 9:27 am and confirmed the victim was dead,” the NPS said in a statement. “The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, the National Park Service, the Page Police Department, and the US Bureau of Reclamation all provided assistance with recovery operations. The victim was taken to the doctor’s office in Flagstaff for autopsy. “
However, the officers made another gruesome – but unrelated – discovery while they were in the process of retrieving Serrano-Arzola from the canyon: another group of human remains.
“Officials from the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Coconino County’s Sheriff’s Office discovered bones at the base of the Glen Canyon Dam Overlook that were classified as human remains on Sunday, October 4th,” the NPS said in a separate statement to the one over Serrano-Arzola. “The discovery was made when the body of an unrelated death was recovered in the same location.”
It is not known who owns the human remains found during Serrano-Arzola’s recovery, how long they were there, or how they got there in the first place.
The authorities are currently investigating both cases and the NPS has announced that more information will be released as it becomes available.