Missing Yosemite Hiker Found Dead

Body recovered from Vernal Fall

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The body of Kenneth Stensby, a 73-year-old hiker missing since Sunday, has been found at the base of a popular waterfall in Yosemite National Park. Stensby’s body was spotted by searchers at the base of Vernal Fall late Monday and was recovered midday on Tuesday.

Searchers began scouring Yosemite’s Mist Trail after Stensby failed to return from his hike on Sunday as scheduled. He had been staying in the park for several days and had left a note with the Ahwahnee Hotel telling them when he expected to return from his journey.

Park officials said in a statement that the Minnesota man was fatally injured after falling from a cliff near top of the 300-plus-foot waterfall. His death is the first accidental fatality recorded in Yosemite this year.

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