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Austrian Hiker Dies After Fall in Palo Duro Canyon

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013  |  Updated 4:08 PM CDT
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Austrian Hiker Dies After Fall in Palo Duro Canyon

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Authorities say a 47-year-old man from Austria has died after falling into a deep ravine near a trail in Palo Duro Canyon

Randall County sheriff's office spokesman Danny Alexander says the man was found dead Monday evening after being missing for several hours.

Alexander tells the Amarillo Globe-News that the man had been hiking with a friend and had left to take a photograph in the early afternoon. Alexander says the man suffered traumatic injuries in the fall into the ravine.

Alexander says several authorities went searching for the man after he was reported missing.

After his body was spotted from a helicopter, firefighters rappelled down the canyon to recover him.

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