From the Cottonwood Police Department: On Wednesday, Sept. 27, at about 8 a.m. Cottonwood Police Department received a call from an individual reporting a body in the Verde River. The reporting person had been hiking along the Verde River near Dead Horse State Park when he discovered the body.
Cottonwood Police Department officers met the reporting person who led the officers to the location of the body. With the assistance of Cottonwood Fire Department personnel the body was removed from the river. The investigation revealed the deceased person was a 74-year-old female who was a Cottonwood resident. Next of Kin notifications were made. The exact cause of death is still under investigation, however, it does not appear to be under suspicious circumstances.