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Girl Falls To Death From Gunnison Point Overlook

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

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Early on the morning of February 10th, rangers came upon a car in the visitor center parking lot, but could find no visitors in the area. A brief search led to the discovery that someone had fallen about 1,200 feet into the canyon from the Gunnison Point overlook. Three rangers were flown by helicopter to the floor of the canyon and undertook a technical ascent to the body, an effort that involved a 140-foot vertical ice climb. Due to fading daylight, the three rangers had to spend the night in the canyon. Early the next morning, they lowered themselves and the body to a safe landing zone. Although foul weather was moving into the area, the helicopter was able to fly the team and the body out of the canyon. The victim is believed to be a 17-year-old girl from nearby Montrose. The investigation is continuing. The body was taken to the county coroner, who will determine the manner and cause of death.



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