PCSD Sheriff Nanos offers few details in hiker death

Published: Apr. 16, 2016 at 7:39 PM MST|Updated: Apr. 18, 2016 at 4:15 PM MST
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PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos expressed gratitude late Friday, April 15, for the help of about 150 volunteers who gave 1,200 hours of their time last week in the search for missing hiker Mauricio Carreon-Maltos, who had not been seen alive since April 8.

Nanos spoke to the media just hours after another hiker discovered Carreon-Maltos's body near the popular Seven Falls recreation area.

Carreon-Maltos "was definitely under some heavy terrain, I guess tough terrain is what it is. A lot of vegetation, rocks and debris," Nanos said.

Though people hike in that area all the time, the place where the body was found is hard to reach, he said, and weather also presented a challenge during the search.

"Today, winds are really tough, so you can't get your air support in. We had a lot of rain just a few days ago. That kind of makes it tough tracking, other things of that nature," Nanos said.

Officials don't yet know the exact cause of death or whether Carreon-Maltos might have fallen, and they are waiting on autopsy results rather than speculate.

Nanos said they will have more information on Monday.

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