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PCSO: Hiker who fell to death was Washington woman

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FLORENCE, AZ (CBS5) -

Pinal County Sheriff's detectives said they are investigating the death of a woman who was hiking in the Superstition Mountains on Wednesday.

Mona Mae Baker, 65, of Hansville, WA, was hiking with her husband on the Massacre Trail when she fell about 50 feet to her death, according to Elias Johnson of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Her husband, Michael Baker, 68, told detectives he was not standing with his wife at the time of the fall and only saw the final seconds as she went over the edge, Johnson said.

Baker said he and his wife were experienced hikers and had successfully hiked the Massacre Trail two previous times this year. He said they spend the winter months traveling in their travel trailer around the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon area each year, Johnson said.

Baker called 911 and said his wife had fallen from a cliff face on the trail. Her body was found about four miles into the hike.

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