Missing hiker found dead in Superstition Mountains

Feb 27, 2016, 10:27 AM | Updated: 11:04 pm

Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies on Saturday said they found the body of a missing hiker they had been searching for in the Superstition Mountains since Friday afternoon.

The body has been identified as 25-year-old local Phoenix resident Brian Head.

Brian’s mother reported him missing around 4:00 p.m. Friday afternoon. His mother, who lives in Dallas, told officials her son frequently goes base jumping, but always checks in before and after the jumps.

“He died what appears to be a fall, he was off the main trail,” Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu told KTAR. “He fell off a cliff of 100 feet. From the mechanisms of his injuries, it’s clear that he died nearly instantly.”

Sheriff Babeu said the body was found at 8:15 Saturday morning.

“He did have his parachute with him, but it was not on his person. We are believing that it is more likely that he lost his footing, he wasn’t familiar with the area, which is what his mother had told us, and he simply fell.”

Deputies found his vehicle Friday near a restaurant by Lost Dutchman State Park.

Search and rescue teams from Pinal and Maricopa counties were conducting air and ground searches.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Murad Dervish (University of Arizona Police Department Photo)...
Associated Press

Ex-grad student held without bond in fatal shooting of Arizona professor

A judge ruled there was enough evidence to try Murad Dervish on charges of first degree murder and aggravated assault.
15 hours ago
(Twitter Photo/@CaesarsPalace)...

Bobby’s Burgers by chef Bobby Flay coming to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

Handcrafted burgers from Bobby Flay will be served at a new restaurant concept coming to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
15 hours ago
Arizona Secretary of State Republican candidate Mark Finchem listens to instructions prior to debat...
Kevin Stone

Arizona GOP secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem explains prior use of early voting

Mark Finchem, the GOP nominee for Arizona secretary of state, explained Thursday why he regularly voted early until this year.
15 hours ago
This undated photo released by the Arizona Attorney General's Office shows Guillermina Fuentes. A Y...
Associated Press

Character witnesses testify for Arizona woman seeking leniency for ballot harvesting

A parade of character witnesses provided a judge Thursday with glowing reports about a southern Arizona woman who admitted collecting four voted early ballots in the 2020 primary election.
15 hours ago
(Phoenix Fire Department Photo)...

Large fire at Phoenix apartment complex forces 80 from homes

Nearly 100 people were forced out of their homes Thursday by a fire at a Phoenix apartment complex, first responders said.
15 hours ago
(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)...
Griselda Zetino

Signs point to higher turnout for Arizona Latino voters in November

There are already signs that Latino voter turnout in Arizona will be higher in November than in previous elections.
15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
Dr. Richard Carmona

Great news: Children under 5 can now get COVID-19 vaccine

After more than two years of battle with an invisible killer, we can now vaccinate the youngest among us against COVID-19. This is great news.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
Missing hiker found dead in Superstition Mountains