ASU Student Dies in Rappelling Accident

Katelyn Conrad plummeted 125 feet in Tonto National Forest
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 18, 2015 11:58 AM CST
This April 19, 2012 photo shows Salome Creek in Salome Canyon, in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest. An ASU student died yesterday while rappelling in the park.   (AP Photo/Charmaine Noronha)

(Newser) – An Arizona State University student is dead after she fell while rappelling from a cliff in the Tonto National Forest. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says 21-year-old Katelyn Conrad was rappelling in Coon Bluff, a popular recreation area near the Salt River, yesterday morning when the incident occurred. A Sheriff's Office spokesman says she fell about 125 feet and was unresponsive. Despite life-saving efforts by deputies, Conrad was pronounced dead.

Authorities say Conrad was part of a group of 20 climbers from ASU. They also say Conrad, who was from nearby Gilbert, was the daughter of a Phoenix police lieutenant. Investigators are looking into the cause but say it appears to be accidental. (Read more Tonto National Forest stories.)

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