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2 men drown at Fossil Creek waterfalls, Arizona sheriff says

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office said the two men were recovered by divers on May 9.

GILA COUNTY, Ariz. — Two men drowned last night after they entered the water at the Fossil Creek waterfalls and did not resurface, according to the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to 911 calls at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday for reports of swimmers who had not reemerged from the water at Fossil Creek, located west of Strawberry and south of Camp Verde.

A search and rescue team remained on scene through the night and the bodies of the two men were recovered by divers on May 9, the sheriff’s office said. The identities of the deceased men were not disclosed.

“The Valley” is what locals call the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. It is considered the largest metropolitan area in the Southwest. 

The Valley is made up of various major cities other than Phoenix, including:

  • Mesa
  • Chandler
  • Scottsdale
  • Tempe
  • Glendale
  • Surprise
  • Peoria
  • Gilbert
  • El Mirage
  • Avondale
  • Litchfield Park
  • Goodyear
  • Buckeye

Whether a city is in the “East Valley” or “West Valley” depends on where it is in relation to Phoenix.

The cities of the Valley have a combined population of 4,845,832 people, according to the 2020 United States Census. This makes it the 11th largest metropolitan area in the country right behind the Boston and Atlanta areas.

How big is Maricopa County?

Maricopa County is the United States’ 4th largest county in terms of population with 4,485,414 people, according to the 2020 Census.

The county contains around 63% of Arizona’s population and is 9,224 square miles. That makes the county larger than seven U.S. states (Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey, Massachusetts and New Hampshire).

One of the largest park systems in the nation is also located in Maricopa County. The county has an estimated 120,000 acres of open space parks that includes hundreds of miles of trails, nature centers and campgrounds.

The county’s seat is located in Phoenix, which is also the state capital and the census-designated 5th most populous city in the United States.

The county was named after the Maricopa, or Piipaash, Native American Tribe.

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