Former CSU Stanislaus student dies in fall at Yosemite National Park

Rock climbers discovered the body of a 24-year-old man who died after an apparent fall while hiking Friday at Yosemite National Park, officials said Wednesday.

Tyler Tompkins was identified as the man found, according to Scott Gediman, a park spokesman. He said the cause of death was under investigation, but it appears Tompkins accidentally fell.

Tompkins’ family was at the park on Wednesday meeting with officials.

Gediman said Tompkins had started working at park a few days before the incident, and he did not know if Tompkins was an experienced hiker.

Tompkins was working for the Yosemite Association’s wilderness center issuing permits for back-country hiking. Like a lot of other park employees, Tompkins went out hiking alone after he got off work on Friday afternoon, Gediman said.

Rock climbers found Tompkins’ body Monday just west of Lower Yosemite Falls, and investigators were trying to determine from where exactly he fell, Gediman said.

The park said Tompkins was a student at California State University Stanislaus, but university spokeswoman Eve Hightower said Thursday that he was not enrolled, although he had attended the Turlock school last year.