Woman rescued after falling down a 20-foot hole in Spur Cross


CAVE CREEK – A 40-year-old Scottsdale woman was rescued from a hole that was 20-feet deep by deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and crews from the Rural Metro Fire Department (RMFD) on the evening of March 31, in the Spur Cross Conservation Area.

Alicia Judy was jogging long distance in the wilderness area near Cave Creek when she became lost as it started to get dark on Sunday.  Judy was able to call her father from her mobile phone around 9 p.m., and he advised her to call 911 so emergency crews could located her, according to MCSO.

While she attempted to find her way out of the desert to rescue crews that were searching for her, she went off-trail, falling into a hole and becoming trapped, according to first responders.

The hole could potentially be an abandoned mine shaft, but it was not confirmed at the time this was written.

“According to on-scene crews the hole was hidden among trees and shrubs and they too almost walked into it,” Shawn Gilleland, a spokesman for RMFD stated in an email. 

By 10:53 p.m. MCSO located the woman hearing her calls for help from inside the hole. RMFD was called for assistance in a rope rescue at about midnight.

 “Additionally, a rattlesnake was heard in the mine shaft, but it was unknown where the snake was,” Gilleland said.

Judy did not sustain serious injuries and was treated on the scene by medics for minor injuries.