PCSO: Body of missing Superstitions hiker found

Posted at 9:33 PM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-28 00:27:40-05

Search-and-rescue crews have located the body of missing hiker Brian Head, a BASE jumper and skydiver, in the Superstition Mountains.

More than 70 people assisted in the search that started around 3 p.m. Friday afternoon after the 25-year-old man's family said he had gone "BASE jumping" in the Superstitions Mountains on Thursday and hadn't return home, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's office. 

Rescue crews found Head's body on Saturday morning around 10 a.m. about 100 feet down the side of a cliff, Sheriff Paul Babeu said. Crews saw that Head's parachute harness was not on him, and his parachute had never deployed. 

Investigators believe Head fell from the side of a cliff where he died late Thursday afternoon. 

"Our theory at this point is that it was later in the day, he was off trail, and it makes sense if he's not familiar with that area," Babeu said. "He died immediately."

Head's sister, Jenna Korn, said he was an avid skydiver and BASE jumper. He had moved out to Phoenix about a year ago from a job, and was originally from Texas.

"He's completely fearless, and he loved any type of adventure and anything that was going to give you a rush," Korn said.

"He was so fun and full of life," said Kylie Gerks, Head's good friend. "He was like the one person I expected to live to be 100 and do everything. I know he went out doing what he loved, and he wouldn't want us to be sad."

Head's mother, who lives in Dallas, said her son had not been heard of since Thursday and he had also now shown up for work. She called officers on Friday afternoon. 

Deputies say Head's car was located near the Mining Camp Restaurant near Lost Dutchman State Park.

Search and rescue teams from PCSO and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office continued searching for the man by air and ground up until Saturday morning when he was located.