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Man Who Fell Off Half Dome Identified

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Date: August 24, 2011

On Monday evening, August 22, 2011, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Yosemite Emergency Communication Center received a report of a person falling off the face of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Due to the late hour, Yosemite National Park Rangers were unable to initiate search efforts. Yesterday, August 23, 2011, the victim's body was spotted via helicopter and Park Rangers extricated the victim from the base of Half Dome.  

The man has been identified as Ryan Leeder, 23 years old, of Los Gatos, California.  

At this stage, the incident appears to be accidental, and remains under investigation. There is no further information available at this time.

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