Officials identify body found at Zion National Park as overdue hiker

Officials identify body found at Zion National Park as overdue hiker


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SPRINGDALE — The body found by Zion National Park rangers below the base of Moonlight Buttress on Friday was identified Monday as an overdue male hiker, Zion National Park officials said in a press release.

Officials identified the man as Corbin McMillen, 42, of St. George.

According to officials, McMillen told his mother he was going to hike the Angels Landing Trail at Zion on Feb. 18. Park rangers identified McMillen's unoccupied vehicle parked at the Grotto Trailhead around midnight on Feb. 18. When officials confirmed that the vehicle was still unoccupied the next morning, a formal search was conducted.

Later that afternoon on Feb. 19, park rangers discovered a male body at the base of Moonlight Buttress, the summit of which is located on the West Rim Trail near Angels Landing.

According to the press release, the preliminary investigation revealed that McMillen sustained injuries consistent with a high elevation fall. Officials said in the release that it was likely a fall from the summit of Moonlight Buttress.

Zion National Park officials said that the Washington County Sherriff's Office will be the primary investigating agency.

Further information was not released.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly said the body was found below the Angels Landing hiking route; it was found at the base of Moonlight Buttress, which is near Angels Landing.

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Ashley Fredde covers human services and and women's issues for She also enjoys reporting on arts, culture and entertainment news. She's a graduate of the University of Arizona.


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