Man who died when tractor fell in Ariz ravine ID'd

Man who died when tractor fell in Ariz ravine ID'd

CREATED Sep. 10, 2012

Web Producer: Taylor Avey

BENSON, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities have released the identity of a man who died after his tractor plunged about 100 feet into a ravine in a rural area north of Benson.

Cochise County Sheriff's officials said Monday that the victim was 89-year-old Louis Lancaster.

His daughter called sheriff's deputies at mid-afternoon Saturday and said she could not contact her father. The woman had spoken with Lancaster on a hand-held radio at about noon and he told her he was on his tractor on a road outside the community of Cascabel.

A county search and rescue crew was sent to the area along with a state police helicopter.

The helicopter crew spotted the tractor in a ravine. Ground searchers climbed down to the tractor and found Lancaster dead.

Authorities say foul play is not suspected.

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