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PLEASANT GROVE MAN, HORSE KILLED IN PLUNGE INTO WATERFALL

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A Pleasant Grove man and his horse were killed Saturday morning after both fell almost 50 feet into a waterfall in Battle Creek Canyon, just east of Pleasant Grove.

Killed was:Robert Harmer, 51, Pleasant Grove.

Harmer was riding on a trail when his horse may have become spooked from the sound of water and air rushing from a pipe vent near the waterfall, approximately a half mile into the canyon, said Utah County Sheriff's Lt. Dick Casto said. The rider and horse plummeted off the trail and fell into the waterfall, probably killing both on impact.

The man's dog was spotted wandering the trail by two passers-by. Upon spotting the bodies, the two girls contacted police. Pleasant Grove police officers, as well as members of the Utah County Search and Rescue team, responded to the scene and recovered Harmer's body.

Casto said the man's body was transported to the medical examiner's office in Salt Lake City, where an autopsy will be performed Monday to determine the exact cause of death.