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Body found at bottom of cliff on Shuswap hiking trail

A view of the Lizard Trail, one of the Creek Falls trails, with tape blocking access to the public.
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July 30, 2019 - 2:16 PM

SICAMOUS - RCMP are appealing for witnesses after a man died in Columbia Shuswap Regional District Park in Mara where he may have fallen from a cliff.

The body of a 53-year-old Sherwood Park, Alberta man was found at the bottom of a steep incline leading to a cliff above around midday July 29 on the Creek Falls Trail near Two Mile Road in Mara.

He was hiking off the marked trail when he fell from the edge of the gorge near the falls, according to a Columbia Shuswap Regional District media release.

Police say due to the difficult location and terrain, Shuswap Search and Rescue volunteers were called to assist with the recovery of the body.

The B.C. Coroners Service attended the site and is in the early stages of an investigation.

"This investigation is ongoing but at this time it appears this is a tragic incident," Sicamous RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Murray McNeil said in a media release.

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District has closed the Creek Trails until further notice following the fatality.

"The death of the Alberta man marks the second time in three months that someone has suffered a fatal fall from the area above the waterfall," regional district communications coordinator Tracy Hughes says in the release.

A 27-year-old man fell from the cliffs above the falls on May 15, Hughs says.

Sicamous RCMP are appealing to any witnesses who may have been in the area to come forward. If you have any information you are asked to call Sicamous RCMP at 250-836-2878.

— This story was updated at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2019, with new information from the regional district.

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