The Associated Press
PHOENIX — Authorities say a body has been found near the top of a popular Phoenix mountain, but it isn’t immediately clear if it’s that of a missing Seattle man.
Phoenix Fire Department officials say some hikers reported finding the body Tuesday evening on Camelback Mountain.
The ground search for Eric Fernandes had been halted hours earlier after Phoenix police said search crews had covered all the area they could by foot and found no sign of Fernandes.
A helicopter was to lift the body off the mountain before authorities begin the task of identifying it.
Sgt. Trent Crump, a police spokesman, says people in distress on the steep, rocky mountain can be hard to spot if they have fallen into crevices.
Fernandes was last seen Saturday atop the mountain by other hikers who said he was alone. They described him as surprised by the difficulty of the hike.