UPDATE: Hiker who died after falling off cliff in Mount Olympus identified

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SATURDAY 05/22/21 7:00 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Police have identified the man who died as 54-year-old James Roache.

“Mr. Roache died this morning from injuries he sustained from a 100-foot fall on Mount Olympus. He and a friend were preparing to do a rock climb when James slipped off of the ledge and fell,” states a tweet by Unified Police on Saturday night.

ORIGINAL STORY: Hiker dies after falling off cliff in Mount Olympus

SATURDAY 05/22/21 9:00 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – A person has died after falling off a cliff at Mount Olympus, Saturday.

According to the Unified Police Department, before 10:00 a.m. crews were dispatched to Mount Olympus for reports of a fallen hiker.

Detective Ken Hansen with UPD tells ABC4 that a couple of hikers were in a cliff area on Mount Olympus when one of them fell. Hansen says it is believed that the fall was fatal.

Officers say a recovery team is being airlifted up the mountain to recover the hiker’s body.

According to officials, both hikers had the proper equipment before ascending up the trail. Detective Ken Hansen says a contributing factor could have been the wet rock and slippery surface on Mt. Olympus.

Ultimately, officials such as Hansen and the Unified Police Department are calling this incident an accident. 

ABC4 will update as the story develops.

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