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Hiker dies after fall in Clear Creek area

CAMP VERDE- A 22-year-old man from India is dead after falling 100 feet in the West Clear Creek area Wednesday, March 11, a Sheriff's spokesman said.

Rhishav Choudhury was hiking with a group of Ohio college students about five miles up from Bull Pen when he wandered away from the group and fell about 6 p.m., Yavapai County Sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

Despite "spotty" cell service, he said, other members of the group were able to call for help.

The county's Search and Rescue Team/Backcountry unit was called out along with EMS personnel and a DPS Ranger helicopter.

The helicopter was able to land near Choudhury just after 7:10 p.m., but, to reach him, a paramedic had to hike across a canyon and a river in the dark, D'Evelyn said, and he finally got to the victim at about 8:30 p.m.

He confirmed that Choudhury was dead, D'Evelyn said.

The backcountry team stayed with the body overnight to provide security until it could be moved by the helicopter the Thursday morning.

Foul play is not suspected, D'Evelyn said.

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