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Hiker slips 700 feet to death while taking selfie on a peak in the Superstition Mountains near Phoenix

A hiker camping on a peak in the Superstition Mountains east of metro Phoenix was found dead after apparently slipping while taking a selfie and falling hundreds of feet, authorities said on Wednesday.

The body of Richard Jacobson, 21, was recovered after a hiking companion called 911 at approximately 12:45am on Monday, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Jacobson’s body was found nearly 700 feet below where the hikers were camping on top of Flatiron near Lost Dutchman State Park, the office said.




Mr. Jacobson went to go take a photograph with himself and the city skyline in the background, and he lost his footing, and he slipped, and he fell,” Sergeant Doug Peoble with Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter helped recover Jacobson’s body, the office said.

According to a study in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, 259 people died taking selfies from 2011-2017.