Early on August 26, a park concession employee fell to her death from Grand View Point above the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Her body was recovered just after 10 a.m. by park search and rescue crews in a helicopter.
Estefania Liset Mosquera Alcivar, 21, of Quito, Ecuador, was socializing with a small group of coworkers near the trail along the rim when she fell over the edge of the canyon at approximately 3:15 a.m. Her companions, who witnessed the fall, dialed 9-1-1 and park rangers and paramedics responded. Rescuers were able to locate her below the rim at first light and determine that the fall was not survivable.
The incident remains under investigation. As always, visitors are encouraged to use caution on the rim trails at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.