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GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (CBS SF) – A 36-year-old man from San Francisco was found dead after authorities said he apparently fell from a cliff in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Park spokesman Jackie Skaggs said the body of Will Cornyn was found near the mouth of Cascade Canyon at about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Officials said Cornyn did not have a pulse when one of several search teams found him lying below a steep cliff band near Inspiration Point, and he was pronounced dead on scene.
Cornyn headed out late Sunday afternoon from the southeast shore of Jenny Lake with a goal to hike to Lake Solitude in the North Fork of Cascade Canyon. He did not return to his campsite at Jenny Lake Sunday evening, and was reported missing by his girlfriend on Monday. She said Cornyn had not planned for an overnight stay in the back country and did not carry equipment necessary for spending a night in the mountains.
Park officials said a “hasty” search was initiated Monday afternoon with park rangers who were on routine patrol, and additional rangers were called into service. Two rangers also flew in the Teton Interagency contract helicopter to conduct an aerial search until darkness prevented further efforts. The aerial search was temporarily delayed by intense thunderstorms that passed across the Teton Range and battered the peaks with heavy rain, strong winds and lightning strikes.
A full-scale search continues early Tuesday morning, and his body was finally discovered Tuesday afternoon.
Park officials have not yet determined how far Cornyn apparently fell.