Sheriff's office identifies hiker who died from fall at Bridal Veil Falls

A man from Roosevelt died while climbing Bridal Veil Falls on Saturday evening, the Utah County Sheriff's Office said.

Adrian Vanderklis, 40, of Roosevelt was climbing in Provo Canyon above Bridal Veil Falls with his fiancee's 9-year-old son when he apparently fell and died, a release from the Utah County Sheriff's Office said.

Exactly how Vanderklis fell is not immediately obvious, the report said, but it is possible he stumbled or slipped on loose material. He died immediately as a result of the fall.

Shortly after 7 p.m. on Saturday, a woman called the sheriff's office and reported that she could see her son, who was crying, but she could not see her fiance and had not been able to spot him for "several hours," the report said.

Volunteers from Utah County Search and Rescue and the Utah Department of Public helicopter crew responded to the scene, where a team member discovered Vanderklis' body at approximately 7:45 p.m., the release explained. The body was found on a very steep, near-vertical slope a third of a mile west of Bridal Veil Falls at an elevation of 5,800 feet.

Search and rescue volunteers trekked to the body and determined that the fall was fatal.

As the area grew dark, recovering Vanderklis' body became extremely dangerous and the operation was called off until Sunday morning at 7 a.m., the Utah County Sheriff's Office statement said.

Search and rescue volunteers were shuttled near to the location of Vanderklis' body early Sunday morning, where they prepared and secured his body so it could be hoisted from the cliff, the report said. The Department of Public Safety helicopter crew successfully transported Vanderklis' body from the mountain, where the body was taken to the Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.