UPDATE: Hiker’s Body Found At Bottom Of Vernal Fall

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source: nps.gov

source: nps.gov

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (CBS/AP) — Yosemite National Park rangers have recovered the body of hiker who was reported missing on Sunday night.

Kennethy Stensby’s body was found near the base of Vernal Fall by rangers on Tuesday. He had fallen off a cliff at the top of the fall. His body was extricated at about 1 p.m.

Stensby, 73, from Edina, Minnesota, had been in the park for several days. He was staying at the Ahwahnee Hotel and went on day hikes each day.

Each morning, Stensby, an experienced hiker, would leave a note with the Concierge, outlining his daily plan. On Sunday, May 5, his note said he was planning to hike to the top of Vernal Fall via the Mist Trail and return to the hotel around noon. When Stensby didn’t return as scheduled, hotel staff tried calling him at 5 p.m. that evening and contacted authorities.

Park rangers found Stensby’s backpack near the guardrail at the top of Vernal Fall later that evening. His camera was not in the pack.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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