Mariposa & Yosemite

Hiker falls to death at Yosemite National Park

A hiker was found dead in Yosemite National Park on Monday.

Tyler Tompkins, 24, was found Monday near Yosemite Falls by rock climbers. Park officials believe he died from a fall while hiking on Friday. The area where his body was found isn't frequented by park visitors, park officials said.

Tompkins was enrolled as a student at Cal State Stanislaus in Turlock in fall 2009, and was listed as an agricultural major. He was employed by the Yosemite Association, issuing backcountry hiking permits at the National Park Service's wilderness center.

The death is still under investigation. Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said rangers were planning to meet with Tompkins' family Wednesday night.

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