MOHAVE COUNTY – Officers identified the body of a man who was found in the Virgin River Gorge over the weekend as 39-year-old Chad Mills of St. George.
Trish Carter, public information officer for Mohave County Sheriff’s Department, said Mills’ wife called St. George police after her husband left their home at 1 a.m. Saturday morning and had not returned after noon that same day. St. George police contacted Mohave County with Mills’ GPS coordinates from his cell phone based on his last phone call.
Mohave County officers discovered Mills’ vehicle north of milepost 20 on Interstate-15. Mills’ keys, cell phone and a 22 rifle were found inside the vehicle. A BLM officer responded to the area and was able to see a body at the bottom of the gorge. Because of dangerous weather, search and rescue was not able to recover the body until Sunday. Carter said an officer stayed in the area overnight so the area was never left unattended.
It took several hours for search and rescue to reach the bottom of the gorge Sunday, in what Carter called “very steep, rugged terrain.”
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