A Florida woman died tragically after tripping and falling backwards off a hiking trail in the Grand Canyon on Friday.
Park rangers announced Monday they had recovered her body roughly 400 feet below where she fell.
Colleen Burns, 35, of Orlando, was hiking with friends and family on the popular South Kaibab trail Friday taking photographs of the iconic national park when she slipped off the edge of the trail while trying to let another hiker to squeeze past her.
She fell off the trail at Ooh Aah Point, a highly photographed scenic viewpoint on the trail.
“She was just stepping out of the way for another gentleman to kind of squeeze in,” Burns’ close friend, Jessica Roman, told WESH about the tragic accident. “Unfortunately, Colleen just kind of got tripped up on her own feet and fell backwards.”
“That was the longest, strangest, craziest two seconds of my life,” Roman continued to the news station, describing her friend’s final moments. “Those last two seconds where everything changed are so minute in comparison to all the memories I have with her.”
Hauntingly, on the day of her death, Burns had taken to Instagram to post a photo of herself overlooking the Grand Canyon:
According to LinkedIn, Burns was an executive at Yelp, working as the tech company’s Southeast regional marketing director.
Per multiple reports, Burns was revered for her infectious, loving personality.
That personality made an impression on Grammy-nominated recording artist Kaskade. Burns created Kaskade Konnect, a social media fan group for the DJ that facilitated meet-ups with other fans. According to a post by Kaskade, Burns was “destined to be a star:”
Burns’ death is being investigated by the National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner, according to the Associated Press.
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