Victim of fall from Angels Landing 13-year-old girl

Victim of fall from Angels Landing 13-year-old girl (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) - Zion National Park officials have confirmed a 13-year-old girl is the victim of a fall from Angels Landing.

It's estimated the teen fell between 1,000 - 1,500 feet onto the West Rim Trail according to John Marciano, spokesperson for Zion National Park.

“Her body was discovered in Refrigerator Canyon along the west rim trail which is the trail you climb to go to Angels Landing.” Marciano said.

According to the Mayor of Hildale, Utah, Donia Jessie, the girl is from the Short Creek Community and park officials tell 2News the girl is the 8th person to die after a high altitude fall off Angels Landing since 2004.

“She was with extended family and some friends I believe and her body was discovered soon after her fall,” Marciano said. The body was discovered after hikers nearby heard her fall.

Following incidents like this Marciano said they always look at current safety measures and see what needs to be added if anything at all.

“It’s always discussed. It’s a red flag and certainly is something being looked at.” Marciano said.

2News asked Marciano if children should even be allowed on the strenuous trail after seeing what happened Monday. He replied:

“It’s difficult for us to tell someone that they can’t take their child if they so choose to.”

Investigators have no idea at this point what caused this young teen to fall to her death, keep checking 2News online and on-air for updates.

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