Teen Dies in Fall at Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend | Leila Shehab

A 14-year-old girl visiting from California fell to her death at one of Arizona's most popular Colorado River overlooks late last month.

As The Arizona Republic and other media outlets reported, the girl's family reported her missing Christmas Eve at 4 p.m., about two hours after they last saw her at the Horseshoe Bend overlook. Search and rescue teams later located the girl's body 700 feet below the overlook; it was recovered the following day.

An initial investigation concluded the girl died from an accidental fall, The Republic reported, but the investigation was continuing. The family was visiting from the San Jose, California, area.

The death was the second at Horseshoe Bend in 2018; in May, a 33-year-old man fell 800 feet to his death. The following month, the National Park Service, which manages the overlook as part of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, opened a viewing platform with railings, but visitors still are allowed to explore other areas of the overlook without railings.

Visitation has exploded at Horseshoe Bend, with the Park Service estimating that some 2 million people would visit the overlook in 2018.

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