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Utah rock climber killed in AZ fall

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WILLIAMS, AZ (CBS5) -

A Utah man fell to his death while rock climbing near Williams, AZ, on Monday, the Coconino Sheriff's Office said.

The victim is identified as Joshua Riggs, 32, of Moab. He fell about 80 feet, sheriff's authorities said.

Coconino County emergency dispatchers got a cell phone call from Riggs' girlfriend stating he had fallen while they were rock climbing in an area later pinpointed to be near Paradise Forks and Sycamore Falls.

When Forest Service officers reached the caller and the victim, they discovered that Riggs was dead. A Technical Rescue Team hiked and rappelled to the victim's location. This recovery process took about 3 1/2 hours and extended beyond dusk.

The victim's body was released to an investigator from the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office and taken to Flagstaff, where an autopsy was performed on the following day.

Detectives and the Medical Examiner's Office are continuing to investigate.

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