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Park officials: Death of California man in Zion National Park was suicide

FILE"” Officials on Saturday identified the body that was found in Zion National Park earlier this week, ruling the death a suicide.
FILE"” Officials on Saturday identified the body that was found in Zion National Park earlier this week, ruling the death a suicide.
Ron Risman

ZION NATIONAL PARK — Officials on Saturday identified the body that was found in Zion National Park earlier this week, ruling the death a suicide.

Park officials said it was 23-year-old man from San Diego, California, who died from "blunt force trauma" from a fall of about 500 feet. His name was not released.

Park officials initially began searching the area after an abandoned vehicle was reported to park law enforcement on Wednesday, parked near the Canyon Overlook Trail.

Later that evening a body was discovered at the base of the Great Arch. The body was recovered the next day with the aid of a helicopter.

The National Park Service and Washington County Sheriff's Office investigated the incident and later determined it to be a suicide.