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Woman Dead After Fall To Canyon Floor

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Date: September 29, 2007
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2010
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2012

A California woman died in a fall off a cliff in Yellowstone National Park Friday evening.

The incident in the Calcite Springs area just north of Tower Falls was reported about 6:30 Friday evening.

Rangers responding to the scene spotted the woman lying immobile on the canyon floor near the Yellowstone River.  A ranger who rappelled down the steep 500-foot embankment to reach the woman last night confirmed she was dead.

Rangers remained on the scene overnight.  A helicopter was used to remove the victim from the canyon floor Saturday morning. 

The 32-year old woman was from the Los Angeles, California area.  Her name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. 

Any one who may have seen or has information on this incident is asked to call the park’s 24 hour Communications Center at 307-344-7381, extension zero.

– www.nps.gov/yell –

Did You Know?

Fire in Yellowstone Pineland in 1988

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