Climber found dead didn't suffer trauma

2013-10-04T11:00:00Z 2013-10-17T16:02:34Z Climber found dead didn't suffer traumaArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A rock climber found dead in the Catalina Mountains Wednesday apparently didn’t die as a result of climbing-related injuries, a medical examiner said Thursday.

“We picked him up from the mountain, but he did not have any trauma,” said Dr. Gregory Hess, chief medical examiner for Pima County. “We don’t think his death is related to anything traumatic. There were no bee stings, no fall or anything like that.”

The climber, David Webster, 65, was found “dangling from a rock” near the 15.8-mile point on the Catalina Highway northeast of Tucson, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department said.

Hess said his office doesn’t plan to conduct an examination. It will be left to Webster’s personal doctor to determine the cause of death, he said.

— Doug Kreutz

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