New York hiker, 24, killed after falling from 80-foot cliff in Utah, sheriff says

New York hiker, 24, killed after falling from 80-foot cliff in Utah, sheriff says

Hiker seemed to have lost ground and slipped off border, according to sheriff's office

A 24-year-old New York guy was killed after slipping and falling off an 80-foot cliff whilst hiking in Utah a week, police said.

Matthew J. Schnitzer and a friend had been camping in Cottonwood Canyon for about a week when the pair went trekking on Thursday, the Emery County Sheriff's Office stated in a statement Monday.

Schnitzer decided to keep on hiking alone following the buddy return into camp, according to the announcement. When the 24-year-old failed to return, the friend searched until midnight but discovered no sign of Schnitzer.

The friend began looking again at seven a.m. but nevertheless could not locate Schnitzer. Then he alerted local police to his lost buddy.

The helicopter crew eventually spotted Schnitzer's body at a side canyon in the bottom of an 80-foot cliff.

The sheriff's office said that the 24-year-old seemed to have"lost his footing on the incline over the cliff and slid off the edge."

Schnitzer's family was notified after crews hauled the body from the canyon.

"ECSO extends condolences to Matthew Schnitzer's relatives and friends at this difficult time," the sheriff's office said.

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