SPRINGDALE, Washington County — A man who fell to his death Friday in Zion National Park has been identified as an author from Florida.

Tate Ryan Volino, 45, of Osprey, Florida, died after falling from the Angels Landing Trail, according to the National Park Service.

Hikers on the West Rim Trail came across Volino's body about 8:20 a.m. Friday and called 911. The traumatic injuries discovered on his body were "consistent with a high elevation fall," according to National Park Service spokesman John Marciano.

The agency characterized Volino's death as a tragic hiking accident.

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“We are all very saddened by this accident, and profound loss. Our deepest condolences go out to the Volino family, friends and loved ones,” Jeff Bradybaugh, superintendent of Zion National Park, said in a statement.

Volino wrote several books, according to his author profile page on Goodreads. He is survived by his wife and two sons, ages 15 and 13.

Marciano said Monday that Volino was also known as a "volunteer and family man."

— Ben Lockhart

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