Authorities locate remains of driver whose car plunged off cliff in Gorge

A Honda is submerged in the Virgin River after plunging 200 feet off a cliff near southbound Interstate 15 in the Virgin River Gorge,, Mohave County, Ariz., May 31, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire District, St.George News

ST. GEORGE The body of the man involved in a pursuit with police whose vehicle veered off a cliff in the Virgin River Gorge and landed 200 feet below in the river has been recovered, Arizona Department of Public Safety Sgt. John Bottoms said.

The body of 36-year-old Guadalupe Guillermo Nunez was recovered from the Virgin River Sunday near the Cedar Pocket campground 5 to 6 miles south of where his Honda passenger car landed upside down, nearly fully submerged in the water.

The incident began at 8 a.m. Friday when Hurricane Police officers responded to a report of a sexual offense involving a man and a juvenile female. Several hours later the man’s car was spotted on Interstate 15 heading south near Exit 16 and police gave pursuit until it crossed into Arizona. The car was not seen again by law enforcement until it was found in the river below the bridge at mile marker 22.

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When divers reached the vehicle it was empty.

Extensive search efforts continued for hours and involved multiple agencies from Arizona and Utah on the ground and in the air until Sunday night when the remains were spotted and recovered.

No further details were available as this report publishes.

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