Woman Hiking Grand Canyon Posts Breathtaking Photo, Falls to Her Death Hours Later
Colleen Burns was a beloved employee of Yelp with a mega-watt smile, friends said.
A Florida woman hiking the Grand Canyon posted a majestic photo of her surroundings only to trip and fall 400 feet to her death hours later.
Colleen Burns, 35, accidentally stepped off a ledge at Ooh Aah Point, about a mile down the South Kaibab Trail, the Associated Press reported.
She had captioned the photo of herself "that view tho."
She was out with family and was trying get out of the way of oncoming hikers when she tripped and plummeted over the edge, her family said.
Grand Canyon National Park Service authorities announced the woman’s death Monday. She fell on Friday. An autopsy will be conducted by Arizona’s Coconino County medical examiner.
“She was stepping out of the way for another gentleman to kind of squeeze in, and unfortunately, Colleen kind of got tripped up in her own feet and fell backwards, fell into the canyon,” friend Jessica Roman, who was on vacation with Burns, told WESH-TV.
“That was the longest, strangest, craziest two seconds of my life,” Roman said.
Friends described Burns as an upbeat force of nature whose smile was infectious.
She was a marketing director for southeastern cities at Yelp, the online rating system for businesses and restaurants.
Her employer issued a statement about her death, calling her a “cherished Yelp colleague” whose “passing represents a tremendous loss to our company, the communities she supported and the many friends she made while doing what she loved.”
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