Recovery Efforts Continue In Yellowstone For Missing Utah Man
Contact: Al Nash or Stacy Vallie, (307) 344-2015
Searchers continued their efforts Thursday looking for the body of a Utah man who apparently committed suicide in Yellowstone National Park Tuesday afternoon.
Witnesses say 20 year old Nicholas Mostert was on an observation platform at the Brink of the Lower Falls, when he jumped over the railing into into the Yellowstone River.
The Salt Lake City area man was then swept over the 308 foot Lower Falls to the bottom of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
Searchers Wednesday rapelled to the bottom of the canyon, and recovered some of Mostert’s clothing from an eddy about a quarter mile downstream from the base of the Lower Falls.
The park helicopter conducted another search flight Thursday morning along the 20 mile long canyon. The ground search is centered on observation points along the canyon rim with a clear view of the Yellowstone River at the bottom of the canyon, which ranges from 800 to 1,200 feet deep.
The Brink of the Lower Falls is a popular observation point along the north rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
A gauge upstream of the falls recorded nearly 6,000 cubic feet of water per second flowing into the Yellowstone River at the outlet of Yellowstone Lake at the time of the incident.
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Did You Know?
The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.