Hiker in New Mexico dies after a 200-foot fall near Questa

May 17, 2018

QUESTA, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say a man who was the caretaker of La Junta Campgrounds has died in a fall while hiking near the village of Questa.

They say officers responded Wednesday to a report of a fallen hiker in the Wild Rivers Recreation area in northern New Mexico.

Witnesses told police that 72-year-old Owen O’Keefe was hiking with another person when he fell about 200 feet (nearly 61 meters).

State Police say it’s still unclear what caused O’Keefe to fall.

Rescue personnel were called in to retrieve O’Keefe’s body for an autopsy.

State Police say foul play isn’t suspected, but the incident remains under investigation.

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