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Yosemite rangers find body of Modesto man who fell over Vernal Fall

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Yosemite rangers move ladders to the location where the body of Hormiz "Nenos" David, 22, of Modesto, was found on Saturday. David was one of three hikers swept over Vernal Fall last month.
National Park Service photo Yosemite rangers move ladders to the location where the body of Hormiz "Nenos" David, 22, of Modesto, was found on Saturday. David was one of three hikers swept over Vernal Fall last month.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK -- A search and rescue team recovered the body of one of three missing hikers swept over Vernal Fall last month.

The National Park Service confirmed Saturday that the body of Hormiz "Nenos" David, 22, of Modesto, was found about 240 feet from the base of the 317-foot waterfall about 1 p.m. Friday.

Rangers closed the popular Mist Trail on Saturday morning to recover the body. They will check the shoreline and hike the Mist Trail daily, possibly closing it at times.

Spokeswoman Kari Cobb said water flow slowed enough that searchers along the trail could see the body.

Park officials believe the other bodies are likely trapped under rocks and obscured as record snowmelt cascades down the Merced River.

David was swept over the falls with Ninos Yacoub, 27, of Turlock and Ramina Badal, 21, of Manteca. The friends were with a group on a day trip to the park.

-- The Modesto Bee

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