UTAH COUNTY, Utah (News4Utah) – Utah County Sheriff’s Office identified the teenage girl who fell to her death in Santaquin Canyon Monday morning.
It happened near a waterfall about four miles from the entrance of Santaquin Canyon.
Deputies said Kaylee Marvin, 16, of Santaquin was hiking with a friend near the top of a steep climb when she lost her footing while trying to cross a log.
“I still feel like I’m in denial. Like, it still doesn’t feel real,” said Lindsey Jackson, a friend of Marvin’s.
Jackon’s cousin was best friends with Marvin. She was the friend hiking with Marvin at the time.
The friend who was with Marvin administered CPR until a Santaquin police officer and deputies arrived. They took over CPR until Santaquin ambulance crew members arrived. UCSO Search and Rescue and an AirMed helicopter also responded.
After about 40 minutes of administering CPR, medical personnel pronounced Kaylee dead.
In a statement to law enforcement officials, Kaylee’s family described her as “beautiful inside and out.”
Detectives said at this point, they say there is nothing suspicious and Kaylee’s death appears to be a tragic accident.
Friend Lindsey Jackson says Marvin was one of a kind.
“She was just herself. Like, wherever she was, she was always Kaylee and nobody else.”
“She was so great, she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind, and she was brave, and she was kind, and she was so funny.”
“She still is, up in heaven — loving horses, and camping and fishing,” said Jackson.