UPDATED: Identity released of Hurricane Valley teen who suffered fatal fall from overlook while hiking

2019 file photo of Hurricane City Police vehicle, Hurricane, Utah, June 7, 2019 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
File photo showing a Hurricane Police vehicle | File photo, St. George News

HURRICANE — The identity of a 17-year-old boy who was found with fatal injuries after falling approximately 150 feet from the Hurricane overlook by 600 East and State Route 59 on Saturday has been released by his family.

“It devastates us to announce the untimely death of our dear son and brother Conly Warren Ruff,” said the announcement, which was posted on social media on Monday, Feb. 20.

Hurricane Police Department Public Information Officer Dan Raddatz released a statement St. George News stating that the fall was accidental. The teen was climbing near the edge of the cliffs with another hiker when he slipped and fell. The incident was reported by emergency dispatch at approximately 5:27 p.m. on Saturday.

Raddatz reported that both Hurricane Police and Fire reported within 15 minutes to the area. When they climbed down to the victim, they found that he did not survive the fall. Washington County Search and Rescue also assisted.

The deceased teen lived in LaVerkin and was a student at Hurricane High School, the release stated.

The investigation has concluded and more information like the obituary will be released at a later time.

Updated, Feb. 21, 2023 at 4:18 p.m.: Added the identity of the teen and the announcement by the family.

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