Zaynab Joseph falls to her death while hiking Bear Mountain with baby, husband

A California mother died after falling 140 feet while hiking in the Arizona mountains with her baby and husband, local authorities said Monday.

The woman, identified as Zainab Joseph, was found by a group of hikers who heard her cries of pain on an embankment after falling from a steep cliff on Bear Mountain. This was announced by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

One hiker in the group rushed down an embankment, where Joseph, 40, was still breathing but died a short time later, the sheriff’s office said.

On Monday, 40-year-old Zainab Joseph died after falling from a cliff.
Zainab Joseph, 40, died after falling from a cliff on Monday. Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

The husband and the couple’s children were airlifted from the mountain, and Joseph’s body was recovered by first responders.

The family was staying at an Airbnb in Sedona during a trip from California, authorities said.

The cause of the fatal accident is currently under investigation, and sheriff’s officials conducted multiple interviews with the climber after he descended the mountain.

A woman who identified herself as the victim’s sister said Joseph had a “heart of gold.” reported.

“Words cannot describe the pain that our family is going through, especially my husband and three young children,” Farwa Zaidi wrote in a Facebook post.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, Bear Mountain is considered a “tough hike” because it has “little shade and is steep and difficult in places.”

It is unclear where Joseph and her family were hiking before the fall.