Officials identify Austrian tourist found dead in Palo Duro Canyon
Officials have identified the Austrian tourist who took a fatal fall in Palo Duro Canyon Monday afternoon as 47-year-old Gerald Christoph Folser.
The man fell off the edge of the Canyon off the CCC Trail and died in a ravine from traumatic injuries.
Officials say the victim left his hiking partner to take pictures off the trail. It took several hours for a DPS helicopter to spot the body.
CANYON - A 47-year-old man is dead after a fatal fall in Palo Duro Canyon Monday afternoon. Randall County officials believe the man to be an Austrian tourist.
Palo Duro Canyon Park Superintendent Cory Evans told NewsChannel 10 that a friend of the deceased reported him missing around 3 p.m. when he did not show up after taking a hike.
Randall County Sheriff officials were dispatched to the canyon at 3:51 p.m. Randall County Sheriff deputies, the Canyon Fire Department, Palo Duro Canyon Police officers, and a DPS helicopter responded to the incident.
The DPS chopper spotted the hiker around 6 p.m. in a ravine close to the CCC trail. Rescue crews had to repel down a steep cliff to reach the man.
Randall County officials say the man suffered traumatic injuries after a fall. Witnesses told Randall County the victim got separated from his hiking partner trying to take photos off the trail.
Evans said it was above 100 degrees in the canyon Monday.