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Woman falls to death at Grand Canyon after hiking off trail, taking photos

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 7/5/2020 BrieAnna J. Frank, Arizona Republic
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PHOENIX – The body of a 59-year-old Scottsdale, Arizona woman who park officials say accidentally stepped off the rim at the Grand Canyon was recovered Friday afternoon.

Maria A. Salgado Lopez was hiking off-trail and taking photographs with family when she fell from the rim west of Mather Point, park officials said.

The Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report about the incident just after 12:30 p.m. Friday. Responding rangers found Lopez's body approximately 100 feet below the rim.

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The National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office are conducting the investigation.

No further details were immediately available.

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The Saturday press release encouraged visitors to stay on designated trails and walkways and maintain a safe distance from the rim's edge.

This is the second death in recent weeks at the national park. On June 26, Catherine Houe, 49, of Daly City, California died after suffering heat-related symptoms while hiking into the Grand Canyon to Phantom Ranch. The high temperatures at Phantom Ranch, which sits at the bottom of the canyon, reached 114 degrees that day.

Follow BrieAnna Frank on Twitter: @brieannafrank. 

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Woman falls to death at Grand Canyon after hiking off trail, taking photos


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