An Arizona climber has been found dead, dangling from a rope on a cliff face south of Tucson, after apparently being stung to death by bees.
Steven Wallace Johnson, a counsellor with some 30 years experience in hiking and climbing, went to the mountains on Friday, Santa Cruz county sheriff Tony Estrada said.
The 55-year-old was reported missing on Monday by his co-workers after he failed to show up for work.
A search and rescue team found his body that afternoon.
"He had been stung repeatedly and he was dangling there," Mr Estrada said.
"He was climbing the cliff and was about 70 feet up and still had about 80 feet to go, so he really didn't have anywhere to go when he was attacked by this swarm of bees."
Estrada added that Johnson's dog had also been attacked by bees and was found dead nearby.
The Pima County medical examiner's office was conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of Johnson's death.