Wyoming woman plunges 60 metres to her death from cliff

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A Wyoming woman, who was on a hike with her husband, died when she fell from a mountain cliff.

Calli Aust, 28, of Sheridan, Wyo., and her husband had planned to watch the sunrise from the top of Steamboat Point when the tragic accident happened Tuesday, authorities said, confirming the woman plunged 60 metres to her death.

Deputies were called to the scene around 5:50 a.m. after receiving a call from Aust’s husband, who reported he was unable to locate his wife after her fall.

The Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office noted that “due to poor cellphone service, the exact location of the victim was unknown at the time of the 911 call.”

Members of the Sheriff’s Office were joined by Sheridan County Search and Rescue, Dayton Fire-Rescue, Rocky Mountain Ambulance, Sheridan Fire-Rescue and Wyoming Highway Patrol in the search for Aust, arriving on the scene around 6:30 a.m.

Aust’s body was discovered around 7:15 a.m. by her husband and rescue crews at the base of Steamboat Point.

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Steamboat Point Overlook is located in Yellowstone National Park, offers incredible scenic views and, according to All Trails, it’s rated “moderate” – though some have described the trail as “very steep.”

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Authorities say there are no indications of foul play and her death is considered accidental, but the Sheridan County Coroner’s Office is conducting a concurrent investigation.

Bighorn National Forest’s Public Affairs Officer Sara Kirol has since issued a statement, urging hikers to be careful, as locations like Steamboat Point have no safety barriers.

“Cliff edges are unstable and there are a lot of loose rocks on the top of these high places,” Kirol told the Sheridan Press. “Standing or sitting near or on the edge of cliff faces is very risky, no matter the location.”

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