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Bryce Canyon National Park hiker found dead

Aug 26, 2023, 5:00 PM | Updated: 5:03 pm

Fairyland Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park. A woman was found deceased after a hike....

Fairyland Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park. (National Parks Service)

(National Parks Service)

BRYCE, UTAH — Bryce Canyon Search and rescue teams searched for a 64-year-old hiker, found deceased in the national park.

National Park Services received a report at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 25, that Jeanne Roblez Howell, a Flagstaff, Arizona resident, had not returned from a hike at 2 p.m.

She had taken a hike on the Fairyland Loop trail, where a thunderstorm delivered heavy rain to Bryce Canyon that afternoon. Flash flooding occurred along the 8-mile Fairyland Loop trail.

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Utah Department of Public Safety conducted the search.

At 1:30 a.m. on August 26, Search and rescue teams found the body of Ms. Howell. She was found around a mile east of the Fairyland Loop.

She was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Garfield County medical examiner.

“This is a tragic event, and our deepest sympathy goes out to the victim’s friends and family,” said Allana Olbrich, acting Bryce Canyon superintendent, “I also want to express the park’s appreciation for the support we’ve received from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Utah Department of Public Safety.”

Related: Flood watch issued for central, southern Utah Friday

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