Young girl who fell to death in Yellowstone was 8-year-old from California

2014-08-18T15:15:00Z 2014-08-22T15:20:28Z Young girl who fell to death in Yellowstone was 8-year-old from CaliforniaGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
August 18, 2014 3:15 pm  • 

A young girl who died Sunday morning after falling into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone has been identified.

Eight-year-old Zahra Allahyari was from Poway, a Southern California community near San Diego. According to a press release from the park, Allahyari and family members had parked their vehicle in a trailhead parking area along the North Rim Drive, a short scenic route off the park’s Grand Loop Road near Canyon Village.

The group was about two-thirds of the way down the trail to the Brink of the Lower Falls observation platform when the child reportedly stepped off the trail and then lost her footing. She fell about 550 feet into the canyon, the release said.

Park personnel retrieved her body about noon Sunday. The incident remains under investigation.

This is the third accidental death in Yellowstone National Park this year, coming on the heels of the recovery of a park worker who had been missing after tubing the Yellowstone River.

The body of Darien Latty, a Georgia man who had been missing since last Monday, was found late Friday. Searchers found his body pinned to a large rock in a steep and dangerous section of the Yellowstone River.

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