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Fatal Hiking Accident in
Big South Fork NRRA

(National Park Service) Hikers came upon a body near Yahoo Falls on the morning of October 29th and reported their discovery to two employees from Daniel Boone NF who were working along Highway 700. The forest Service in turn notified rangers and the county rescue squad. Rangers found the body of 28-year-old Robert K. Hayes of Bowling Green, Kentucky, at the base of the 113-foot high falls. The county coroner pronounced him dead at the scene. Rangers found Hayes’ campsite above the falls at one of the several overlooks located on the Yahoo Falls loop trail. It appears that he fell from the top of the falls sometime during the previous night, but the exact cause remains under investigation. Ranger Jimmy Barna was IC and lead investigator for the incident.

[Submitted by Chief Ranger's Office]



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