ST. GEORGE – Officers responded to a psychiatric call Thursday morning after a large amount of blood was discovered throughout and around the Brooks Nature Park at 452 N. Main Street in St. George.
At approximately 9:45 a.m., a resident in the area observed a man bleeding from his arm and allowed the man to use his phone to call a family member, St. George Police Officer Derek Lewis said. After the phone call, the injured man walked off at which point the resident notified authorities, advising them of the situation.
Officers arrived on scene and observed a number of pools of blood throughout the park, along with a message carved in the ground west of Brook’s pond which was covered in drops of blood and read: “I LOVE U … “ with a woman’s name written below it.
Police began following the blood trails and combing the area searching for the reportedly suicidal man.
Just after 10:05 a.m., the man was spotted by area residents on a steep mountainside several blocks away from the park, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said.
“Apparently, there were some folks in some houses right here,” Despain said at the scene, “that could see him walking across so we got a lot of calls. We had officers hike that cliff and we hiked up to him.”
Officers and medical crews were able to get to the man shortly after receiving the tips on his location. By the time they reached him, the man was unresponsive and had a faint pulse.
“He was actually in pretty poor condition,” Despain said. “He had some pretty significant cuts on his arm … so he’s not able to come off under his own power right now.”
“It looks like he had some self-inflicted wounds from a knife, and then hiked across the hill,” Despain added. “So officers went up and helped him and medical went up as well, giving him medical attention for some cuts on his arm and then we’re just working on getting him off the cliffs right now.”
Because of the steep terrain, the St. George Fire Department was called in to perform a high angle ropes rescue.
At the time of this report, police said they do not know the details about the reasons why the man decided to injure himself but that they are aware of Facebook posts made by the man prior to the incident saying that “he was done.”
“We’re fairly confident that they were self-inflicted (wounds); that he acted alone,” Despain said. “There wasn’t anybody else involved so we do have officers in some other areas to ty to figure out why he did this and what’s going on.”
By 11:45 a.m., rescue crews had the man safely down the mountain and transported him to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George to be treated and evaluated.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
Ed. note: The name included in the love note etched in the ground has been omitted, and obscured or cropped from photos, to protect the woman’s privacy.
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