Investigation Continues Of Death In Zion National Park
Investigators continue to try to find the cause of death of a woman discovered in Zion National Park. The victim was discovered on Wednesday, November 23rd. Shuttle drivers in the park reported to authorities discovering an injured man and the unresponsive woman in the Narrows. Zion National Park Search and Rescue responded and found the man on Riverside Walk. He was transported to the Zion Emergency Operations Center. The woman was discovered farther up the Narrows. She was located near the Virgin River. First responders administered first aid, but they determined that the woman was deceased.
A Cold Night
The married couple began their permitted trip through the Narrows from the top down on Tuesday, November 22nd. The man reported they became dangerously cold on Tuesday night, experiencing symptoms consistent with hypothermia. The pair stopped about a mile and a half from the north end of Riverside Walk. Early in the morning on Wednesday, the man continued down the trail trying to get help, while the woman remained where they had stopped. Park rangers encountered the man on the trail where other park visitors were assisting him. Visitors farther up the trail administered CPR to the woman before search and rescue arrived.
Over twenty search and rescue members were involved in the response effort. The Washington County Sheriff's Office, the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner and the National Park Service are still investigating the cause of the woman's death.