SPRINGDALE, UT – A body discovered in Zion National Park Wednesday has been identified by park officials with the cause of death appearing to be self-inflicted.
The body has been identified as a 23-year-old man from San Diego, California, but the name was not released, according to a National Park Service statement.
The body was discovered last Thursday, prior to the finding of an abandoned vehicle at 3 p.m. last Wednesday. The vehicle was parked in the vicinity of the Canyon Overlook Trail, which prompted a search of the area by Park Rangers.
Later that evening, a body was discovered at the base of the Great Arch. Last Thursday, the body was recovered by Park staff, with the aid of a helicopter. The National Park Service and Washington County Sheriff’s Office, have been investigating the incident.
“The cause of death was blunt force trauma from a fall of approximately 500 feet, ruled suicide,” National Park Service officials said.