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18-Year-Old Girl Dies While Exploring Yellowstone Park

Inspiration Point
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As of 12:00 a.m. Friday morning, Yellowstone Park is reporting that they have retrieved the body of a yet-unnamed girl who fell to her death while exploring the area around Inspiration Point. Here is the Parks official release:

The woman, a Yellowstone concession employee on her first day in the park,was hiking the canyon’s North Rim Trail with three other acquaintances when she ventured out off trail onto a loose rock promontory, which quickly gave way underneath her. Yellowstone Rangers responded to a 911 cell phone call received at 5:44p.m. Thursday, reporting a woman had fallen into the canyon. Rangers with the assistance of ground spotters and a Teton Interagency helicopter observed the woman’s body resting approximately 400 feet down the canyon wall. They concluded that she had sustained non-survivable injuries.

Park Spokesman Dan Hottle spoke with KGVO News about the incident and made an effort to warn park visitors to pay attention to trail signs and to be careful around both cliffs and wildlife adding “If you’re too close, you’re too close and bad things can happen.”

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