A man hiking with his fiancée’s 9-year-old son plunged to his death near a natural waterfall in Utah on Saturday, authorities said.
The hiker was identified by the Utah County Sheriff’s Office as Adrian Vanderklis, 40, who said he apparently fell while hiking with the boy at Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon.
“The Utah Department of Public Safety responded to the area and team members found Mr. Vanderklis around 7:45 p.m. on a very steep, near-vertical slope about a third of a mile from Bridal Veil Falls. west at an elevation of about 5,800 feet, “Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
“A group of SAR volunteers made their way to the victim and determined that he appeared to have fallen and did not survive his injuries,” they added.
It remains unclear what led to Venderklis’ demise, but authorities said he may have tripped or lost his temper.
The Utah County Sheriff’s Office added that he could have been killed instantly on impact.
The 9-year-old boy who was with him did not witness the fall, they said in a statement.