ZION NATIONAL PARK — A 13-year-old girl was found dead in Zion National Park due to an apparent fall from a high elevation Monday evening.
Update Feb. 6, 12:15 p.m. – The age of the girl has been released by park officials, as well as confirmation of the hike from which she fell. Her identity and hometown have not yet been released.
Update Feb. 5, 9:30 p.m. – The Angels Landing Trail and the West Rim Trail from the Grotto Trailhead to Angels Landing will be closed 6 a.m. to noon Tuesday while the scene is investigated.
The body was discovered in Refrigerator Canyon along the West Rim Trail just before 5 p.m. According to a report from the Associated Press, the girl was hiking the Angel’s Landing Trail with her family when she fell.
The hiker’s identity and cause of death were still under investigation Monday evening, but her injuries were consistent with a high-elevation fall, according to a news release issued by the park.
Preliminary investigation indicated a possible fall from the popular Angels Landing Trail, a fact confirmed Tuesday morning by park officials.
Park rangers secured the scene, and a search and rescue team recovered the girl’s body.
“This is an extremely sad event. Our thoughts go out to this visitor’s family,” Jeff Bradybaugh, Zion National Park superintendent, said.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by the National Park Service and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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