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Woman dies after falling off cliff while hiking in Sevier County

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Posted at 7:04 PM, Mar 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-30 20:11:21-04

SEVIER COUNTY, Utah — A woman fell to her death Sunday afternoon while hiking in central Utah.

According to the Sevier County Sheriff's Office, 26-year-old Candice Thompson was hiking with her husband around 1 p.m. in an area known as "Bulls Head," located west of Richfield, when she fell off a cliff. She fell an estimated 75-100 feet.

First responders attempted lifesaving measures before she was taken to Sevier Valley Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

At the conclusion of the investigation, Sevier County Sheriff's Office reported that Thompson was on the edge of an overhang that has eroded away underneath.

"Due to deteriorating conditions of the rock combined with winter weather and moisture, Candice had been standing on a weak portion of the rock edge, the deteriorated rock edge broke away," an update from the Sheriff's Department said.

The investigation did not show any suspicious cases of foul play in Thompson's death and investigators have ruled the fall as an accident.

Chief Trent Lloyd with Richfield City Police wrote in a Facebook post Monday evening that Thompson was a member of the "department family" her whole life. Her dad was an officer, and now her husband is as well.

The last couple of days have been heartbreaking for our department family," the post read in part. "To say that there is a hole in our hearts today is just simply understated because there is just no words."