May 9, 2013 2:14 PM by Elaine Sheridan
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A medical examiner says a Tucson climber founded dead, hanging from a southern Arizona cliff in his hanging gear, died from venom from bee stings.
Steven Johnson had hundreds of bee stings when found Monday in the Santa Rita Mountains, and the Arizona Daily Star reports that Dr. Gregory Hess says venom killed the 55-year-old Johnson.
Johnson was last seen Friday when he went hiking, and a search began Monday when friends got worried because Johnson didn't go to work.
Searchers found both Johnson and his dog dead. The small dog was on the top of the cliff and also had been stung. It was buried on the mountain.
A climber who went to the area Monday says Johnson's rope was hanging within a few feet of a beehive.