Family of Mexican man killed at Bridal Veil Falls need help to bring his remains home

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UPDATE 7/30: Officials have identified the man killed as 25-year-old Fernando Alderete Salazar of Mexico.

Sgt. Spencer Cannon said he was at the base of the main falls at Bridal Veil Sunday when he was hit in the head by debris. He died at the scene.

His family has a GoFundMe account set up with the hopes of raising enough money to have his remains returned to Mexico.

They released the following statement:

“He was a good kid.  He was a soccer fan of Cruz Azul and he will even be wearing a team shirt in his funeral.  He was going to graduate college and become an accountant.  He always helped his family out and all his friends and family loved him.  He was just 25 years old.”

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PROVO, Utah (ABC4 News) – Utah County Sheriff’s Sergeant Spencer Cannon confirms that a person has died at Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon.

Emergency crews are still on the scene as of 4:30 p.m. at the base of the waterfall where it spills onto smaller rocks.

ABC4’s Nicole Neuman was told that’s were the man who died is and emergency crews are waiting on the medical examiner to arrive to bring him down.

It’s still early in the investigation, but the Utah County Sheriff’s Office says he was there with family, and they’re the ones who made the 9-1-1 call.

“We got a call about ten minutes to 3. Initially, it had been reported as a fall here at Bridal Veil Falls and that somebody had sustained critical injuries,” said Sgt. Spencer Cannon. “We later determined it wasn’t a fall. It was some debris or a large rock or a group of rocks fell and hit an adult male.”

After some investigation Deputies learned something fell from the first terrace at Bridal Veil Falls and hit him.  While investigators received conflicting reports of what that object was, either a large log or a large rock, they believe it was most likely a large log. 

There is no evidence to suggest that the debris fell because of other people hiking in the area from where the log fell.  The man sustained serious injuries and family members who were with him attempted to revive him. 

Deputies arrived along with North Fork Fired Department medical personnel and determined the man’s injuries were fatal.  Volunteers with UCSO Search and Rescue responded, and assisted with removing the victim from the falls. 

His body was taken to the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner in Taylorsville.

The victim is 23 years old, from Mexico.  Family said he was planning to be here for about two weeks to attend a family function.  He has other close family who are outside the United States so we will not release the name of the victim until those family members have been notified. 

UCSO Victim Advocates are working with the Office of the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City to help facilitate notification.

The sheriff’s office say they will continue to look into what caused the log or rock to fall.

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