Utah woman dies in fall at Grand Canyon

The assistant director of a Utah agency died Monday evening after falling at the Grand Canyon, officials said.

Margaret "Meg" Osswald, 34, of Salt Lake City, was near Ledges Camp along the Colorado River when she fell about 20 feet, the National Park Service said in a news release.

Due to the darkness at the time, the Arizona Department of Public Safety landed a helicopter in the area. Osswald was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials say Osswald had hiked into the canyon to meet her group at Phantom Ranch and was on day 6 of a multiday private boating trip. The National Park Service and the Coconino County medical examiner are investigating the death.

Osswald was appointed as an assistant director of the Utah Division of Water Quality earlier this year. She served in the environment division of the Utah Attorney General's Office prior to that.

"We are heartbroken by this tragic loss," a Utah Division of Water Quality spokeswoman said in a statement on Tuesday, "and our thoughts and support go out to her loved ones at this difficult time."