UPDATE: 13-year-old Utah girl dies after falling at Zion National Park
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UPDATE 1:45 p.m.
A 13-year-old girl fell to her death from a popular narrow trail bordered by steep drops at Zion National Park, officials told the Associated Press Tuesday.
The Utah girl was hiking with family when she tumbled from the Angel’s Landing Trail Monday evening, said Zion park ranger John Marciano. She was quickly discovered by hikers on the West Rim Trail below.
SPRINGDALE — Crews recovered the body of a woman who apparently fell while hiking in Zion National Park, park officials said in a press release.
The body was discovered in Refrigerator Canyon along the West Rim Trail just before 5 p.m. Monday, according to the release. KSL.com reports search and rescue team then recovered her body.
A preliminary investigation shows the woman’s injuries are consistent with a high elevation fall, possibly from the Angels Landing Trail, according to the release.
The woman’s name has not been released yet. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is heading up the investigation and is still determining the cause of death.
“This is an extremely sad event. Our thoughts go out to this visitor’s family,” park Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh said in the press release.
The Angels Landing Trail and the West Rim Trail from the Grotto Trailhead to Angels Landing will be closed on Tuesday from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. due to the ongoing investigation.