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ST. DAVID, Ariz. -- Authorities in southeastern Arizona said a 56-year-old Tucson man was killed by a slide of rocks, dirt and debris while he and a friend were looking in a wash for rocks and minerals.

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office said search and rescue personnel on Thursday found William T. Lawrence under material several feet deep on the side of a wash near St. David.

According to the sheriff's office, the friend said Lawrence was digging in the wall of the wash when she heard a noise.

The friend told authorities there was a large pile of material where Lawrence had been digging. She made her way out of the wash and flagged down a passing motorist for help.

An autopsy will be conducted, and the Sheriff's Office is investigating.

Associated Press,

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