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The investigation continues into the cause of death of a man whose body was found this week under Midgley Bridge.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, crews from the Sedona Fire District responded to a call of an unresponsive person in Oak Creek. After making their way to the victim, SFD crews determined the person in the water was deceased, SFD Fire Marshal Jon Davis stated

Soon after, search and rescue members from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office were on the scene to recover the body.

The man has been identified as 20-year-old Ryan T. Donos, an Arizona State University student. His body was located by hikers in the creek below Midgley Bridge. CCSO detectives preliminarily identified Donos by information in his wallet and located his vehicle in the parking lot at the bridge.

SFD Battalion Chief Jayson Coil was one of the first on the scene and said due to heavy rains earlier this week, recovering the body was more difficult than normal.

“Inclement weather and rising water in the main streams and tributaries made access difficult due to the rockfall potential, poor footing, rising water levels and steep terrain,” he said. “It is important for everyone to realize that the steep terrain, high water and freezing temperatures increase the potential for injury and access by rescue personnel may be delayed because of these hazards.”

According to CCSO spokeswoman Erika Wiltenmuth, although the body had been located below Midgley Bridge, investigators were at first cautious about referring to the case as a suicide pending further investigation. The condition of the body did not show many of the external indicators typically associated with suicides from Midgley Bridge.

As of press time, the cause of death is still undetermined and under investigation by the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

As the investigation continued, law enforcement found Donos’ family had reported him to ASU Police Department, which contacted Northern Arizona University Police Department on Monday, Feb. 27, Wiltenmuth said. Donos had last been seen on Feb. 26 visiting a friend at NAU.

NAUPD entered him into the National Crime Information Center database as missing and endangered based on suicidal statements that investigators learned he had made.


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