Ohio native dies in hiking accident at Yosemite National Park

January 9, 2019

Ohio native dies in hiking accident at Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California — An Ohio man died at Yosemite National Park after he fell down a steep river canyon, according to reports.

Joshua Brock Conner, 32, of Lakeview, Ohio, died at the park on Christmas Day but the National Park Service’s investigation has been slowed because of the ongoing government shutdown, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

According to the Associated Press, officials say Conner slipped down Silver Apron, a large, sloping granite area, and fell into the Merced River. He died of head injuries.

The incident remains under investigation.

Conner moved to Los Angeles in 2016 and was working as a nurse.

The Mercury News reports more than 4 million people visit Yosemite each year. Ten people died in accidents at the park in 2018, including two experienced climbers who fell from El Capitan, the granite wall on the north side of Yosemite Valley that is about 3,000 feet high from its base to its highest point.

The park has remained open during the shutdown. Law-enforcement officers are still working, but not other staff members, the Mercury News reports.

Lakeview is located southeast of Lima.

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