Woman Falls 400 Feet to Her Death at Grand Canyon
PHOTO: Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. (photo courtesy of Barry Kaufman)
A tourist fell 400 feet to her death at the Grand Canyon Friday, WESH reported.
Thirty-five-year-old Colleen Burns of Central Florida was vacationing in Arizona with her friends when she slipped off the edge of a cliff at Ooh Aah Point along the South Kaibab Trail.
Park rangers located her body and confirmed her death Monday.
Jessica Roman, who was with Burns at the popular tourist attraction when the incident occurred, told WESH the group had just taken a photo before Burns tripped and fell over the edge.
"She was stepping out of the way for another gentleman to kind of squeeze in, and unfortunately, Colleen kind of got tripped up on her own feet and fell backwards, fell into the canyon."
"That was the longest, strangest, craziest two seconds of my life," added Roman.
Burns posted this serene image to her Instagram account just hours before the incident.
Crowd-sourced review website Yelp, where Burns worked as a marketing director in Central Florida, issued a statement in response to her death:
"We are deeply saddened by the death of Colleen Burns, a cherished Yelp colleague and friend. Colleen launched the Yelp community in Orlando nearly seven years ago. Her passing represents a tremendous loss to our company, the communities she supported and the many friends she made while doing what she loved. We are heartbroken but thankful to have been positively shaped by her passion and joy for life."
WESH reported that the National Park Service is working with the Coconino County medical examiner on the investigation into the incident.
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