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Hiker who died in Zion identified

It appears he fell from Angel’s Landing.

Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune file photo A hiker looks into the valley floor of Zion Canyon from the top of Angel's Landing Trail in Zion National Park in 2017. On Friday, March 5, 2021, officials identified a Utah man who apparently fell to his death from Angels Landing.

Officials at Zion National Park have identified a Utah man who apparently fell to his death from Angels Landing.

Jason Hartwell, 43, of Draper, was found on Friday morning at the base of the summit of Angels Landing. A preliminary investigation found that he had injuries consistent with a high elevation fall. A search and rescue was originally initiated on Thursday afternoon after park visitors reported that someone had fallen from Angels Landing.

Hartwell is the second person to die after falling from the steep hike in the past month.

Corbin McMillen, 42, of St. George, was found Feb. 19 at the base of Moonlight Buttress on the West Rim Trail near Angels Landing. He had told his mother the day before that he was going to hike Angels Landing. His car was found parked at a trailhead that night and the search was initiated the next day when it remained unmoved.

A 35-year-old man hiking Angels Landing died after falling in April 2019. A 13-year-old girl died near the hike in February 2018, while a 45-year-old man died there in March 2017.

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