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Body Found Below Angels Landing Summit In Zion NP

The morning sun lights up large rock formations in Zion National Park on May 15, 2020 in Springdale, Utah. Zion National Park had a limited reopening Wednesday as part of its reopening plan after it was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

SPRINGDALE, Utah – Authorities have identified the body of a hiker who reportedly fell from the Angels Landing summit Thursday.

National Park Service officials said the victim is 43-year-old Jason Hartwell, who was living in Draper.

“On Thursday afternoon, a search and rescue was initiated based upon reports from park visitors that someone had fallen off Angels Landing,” park officials said. “On Friday morning, members of the search team located Mr. Hartwell’s body at the base of the summit of Angels Landing. According to the preliminary investigation, Mr. Hartwell sustained injures consistent with a high elevation fall.”

Park officials said normal hiking operations have resumed at Angels Landing.

Last month, a 42-year-old St. George man who told his family he was going to hike Angels Landing was found dead at the base of Moonlight Buttress. Officials said he sustained injuries consistent with a high elevation fall from the buttress, which is located on the West Rim Trail near Angels Landing.

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