- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The body of a Tucson man who fell 600 feet to his death while hiking the lower Gates Pass trail has been identified.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (https://bit.ly/1eFBH6t ) spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, Dep. Tracy Suitt, says the man was identified Monday as 60-year-old Donald Welch.

Welch reportedly had parked at the Gates Pass trailhead with his girlfriend Monday morning and set out on the upper part of the trail. His girlfriend noticed that Welch had forgotten his water bottle. As she went to give it to him, she saw him falling down the mountain side.

Suitt says the fall has been ruled accidental.

Northwest Fire District spokesman Capt. Adam Goldberg says it’s important for hikers to know their abilities, bring water and stay with a friend.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, https://www.tucson.com


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