Police identify woman killed after fall in Zion National Park

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TUESDAY 6/8/2021 5:44 p.m.

SPRINGDALE, Utah (ABC4) – Police have released the identity of a woman who was killed after falling 50 to 80 feet in Mystery Canyon at Zion National Park.

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According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the woman has been identified as 26-year-old Cassidy Brown of Springdale.

According to the preliminary investigation, Brown was canyoneering in Mystery Canyon and sustained injures consistent with a “high elevation fall.”

A rescue helicopter was unable to extricate the woman due to the steep, narrow canyon walls, but park medics were able to reach her shortly before she succumbed to her injuries.  

In a statement to ABC4, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said while the incident remains under investigation, “there is not evidence to suggest the cause of death was anything other than a tragic recreational accident.”

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ORIGINAL STORY: Crews recover body of woman who fell at least 50 to 80 feet in Zion National Park

SUNDAY 6/6/2021 8:29 p.m.

SPRINGDALE, Utah (ABC4) – Crews have recovered the body of a 26-year-old woman who fell 50 to 80 feet in Mystery Canyon at Zion National Park.

According to a press release issued by Zion National Park,  rangers recovered the body Sunday night. Authorities say on Saturday afternoon, a search and rescue was initiated based upon a report from park visitors, that they found a lone female canyoneer 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 unable to extricate the woman due to the steep, narrow canyon walls but park medics were able to reach her shortly before she succumbed to her injuries.  

The incident continues to be under investigation by the National Park Service, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office as the lead agency.  

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