Two Bodies Recovered in Yosemite a Week After Viral Photo of Taft Point

Image: PHOTO: Taft Point at sunset at Yosemite National Park. (photo via jesselindemann / iStock / Getty Images Plus) (iStock / Getty Images Plus / jesselindemann)
Image: PHOTO: Taft Point at sunset at Yosemite National Park. (photo via jesselindemann / iStock / Getty Images Plus) (iStock / Getty Images Plus / jesselindemann)
Alex Temblador
by Alex Temblador
Last updated: 3:20 PM ET, Fri October 26, 2018

Update:

Almost a week later, the couple who was found dead in Yosemite National Park has been identified as married travel bloggers, Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, and Vishnu Viswanath, 29.

The couple was identified on Monday, and investigators notified their relatives in India.

"We still don't have any clear idea exactly what happened," park spokeswoman Jamie Richards told Mercury News. "We are still trying to piece it together."

The couple married four years ago and traveled the world together, sharing their adventures on their blog, Holidays & Happily Ever Afters.

Earlier this year, Moorthy wrote an eerily foreshadowing post on Instagram when visiting the Grand Canyon:

"A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs and skyscrapers but did you know that wind gusts can be FATAL??? Is our life just worth one photo?"

Despite these tragic deaths, there are no plans by park officials to add additional railings near Taft Point.

"We are continuing to investigate what happened in this tragic accident," Richards said. "When you come to a place like Yosemite National Park and you go to places with majestic scenic views, there is an inherent level of personal risk."


The National Park Service rangers recovered the bodies of a man and a woman on Thursday who apparently fell from Yosemite National Park's Taft Point.

While the incident remains under investigation and the park rangers work to identify the victims, these deaths eerily come just a week after a photo went viral on social media of a couple on Taft Point.

Last week, photographer Matt Dippel was waiting to take a picture of his friend when he captured a couple on the cliff as the man dropped to one knee.

"It's a super-popular place in Yosemite. Really popular for engagements, proposals, weddings," Dippel told CNN. "There were at least three or four different brides and grooms up there doing their post-wedding photos, so it's definitely not an uncommon thing to see up there."

"I ran over to that point after I took the photo to try to figure out who they were and I asked maybe 20 or 25 people and no one came forward."

After returning home from Yosemite earlier this month, Dippel posted the photo on social media in the hopes he might find the couple.

"Alright Internet I need your help. Help me find these two," he wrote. "This was taken at Taft Point, in Yosemite National Park on October 6th, 2018. I took this photo and would love for them to find it."

While the post has been shared and liked thousands of times, Dippel has still not found the couple in the photograph.

The bodies of the man and woman who were recovered on Thursday were spotted by another tourist on Wednesday. They are among more than 10 people who have died in Yosemite this year.

Taft Point is also where world-famous wingsuit flier Dean Potter and his partner Graham Hunt died in 2015 after leaping from the cliff and crashed while trying to clear a V-shaped notch in a ridgeline.

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