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Officials release name of boy who died on Yosemite hike

YOSEMITE — The Stanislaus County coroner's office has identified the 12-year-old Boy Scout from Modesto who died in Yosemite National Park after he wandered from his group Saturday.

Luis Alberto Ramirez died while hiking near Upper Yosemite Fall above Columbia Point, according to the coroner's office.

An autopsy will be performed this afternoon, said Kristi Herr, interim chief at the coroner's office. Ramirez's cause of death likely will be classified as some sort of blunt force trauma, she said.

A park official couldn't confirm which Boy Scout troop he belonged to.

The accident occurred about 2:15 p.m. Saturday on Yosemite Falls Trail above Columbia Rock, park spokeswoman Adrienne Freeman said. The boy and another Scout got in front of their group and strayed off the trail toward the steep drop where the accident occurred. Ramirez fell about 300 feet.

The second Scout was not injured, Freeman said.

"There is no indication that he was doing anything wrong," she said. "It was a horrible accident."

There was snow and ice on parts of the trial, Freeman said, but not where Ramirez fell. Rescue teams used two routes to reach his body. Ramirez was pronounced dead at 3:14 p.m.

It is the first hiking fatality of the year in Yosemite, Freeman said.