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Hiker found dead in Zion National Park was concession worker

Angel's Landing Trail in Zion National Park. (Photo courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism)

Angel's Landing Trail in Zion National Park. (Photo courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Zion National Park officials say a hiker found dead at the bottom of a popular trail bordered by steep drops was a concession employee at the park in southern Utah.

Officials on Friday identified the person found dead Thursday morning as 19-year-old Savannah McTague and said she was a Maine resident who worked for Xanterra at Zion Lodge.

No hometown was provided.

A park news release said McTague’s body was found below the Angel’s Landing trail after she was reported missing late Wednesday afternoon.

The release said McTague’s injuries “were consistent with a high elevation fall.”

The trail reopened Tuesday after being closed for several days because of a rock fall. Park officials warned hikers to be careful on the trail due to a winter storm moving into the area.

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