Missouri hiker falls to death in Arizona

Monday, September 28, 2009 | 2:41 p.m. CDT; updated 3:36 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 28, 2009

PAGE, Ariz. — A Missouri man was killed at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in northern Arizona after falling into Lake Powell.

The National Park Service says a dispatcher received a call Saturday that a hiker had fallen from a cliff into the water at the lake's Escalante arm.

Park rangers found the man, identified as 49-year-old Robert Hunt of St. Peters, dead in the Escalante River some two miles upstream from the mouth of Explorer Canyon.

Officials say he fell while trying to cross a slope of loose rock at the edge of a cliff while hiking with a friend.

They say Hunt landed in shallow water and mud 70 feet below and suffered a traumatic head injury.


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