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Body of Canyoneer Identified at Zion National Park

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Date: June 11, 2021
Contact: Amanda Rowland

SPRINGDALE, UT – National Park Service officials were informed by the Medical Examiner’s Office they have completed their identification process. They have confirmed that the body recovered in Mystery Canyon on Sunday was that of Cassy Brown, a 26-year-old woman from Springdale, UT.

On Saturday, June 5, a search and rescue was initiated based upon a report from park visitors, that they found a lone female canyoneer that had fallen 50 to 80 feet in Mystery Canyon.

According to the preliminary investigation, the female was canyoneering in Mystery Canyon and sustained injures consistent with a high elevation fall. A rescue helicopter was dispatched to the scene but unable to extricate Ms. Brown due to the steep, narrow canyon walls. Park Medics were able to reach Ms. Brown shortly before she succumbed to her injuries. The incident is currently under investigation by the National Park Service, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office as the lead agency.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the Brown family and friends,” comments Jeff Bradybaugh, Superintendent Zion National Park. “Cassy was widely known in our community and we are all deeply saddened by this outcome.



Last updated: June 11, 2021

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