Man Dies in Fall Into Hawaii Volcano

Leo Adonis, 38, believed to have committed suicide
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 11, 2017 2:59 PM CDT
Man Dies in Fall Into Hawaii Volcano
This Sept. 1, 2015 file photo shows volcanic gas rising from the lava lake in Kilauea's Halemaumau Crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii's Big Island. A 38-year-old man has died on Kilauea volcano. P   (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

A 38-year-old California man was found dead Sunday morning in a Hawaii volcano, apparently having jumped in an act of suicide. The father of Leo Adonis, born Gregory Michael Ure, says his son left a note in a backpack that was found by hikers on the Crater Rim Trail Saturday night. He says his son battled "emotional issues" for the past several years, and recently lost his job at Whole Foods. "Even though he'd been in Hawaii before, I didn’t think he’d be going back there," his father tells the Hawaii-Tribune Herald.

A rep for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park says Adonis was found on the floor of the Kilauea caldera some 250 feet from the rim; the site doesn't have an active lava flow and isn't currently erupting. Adonis' body was found Sunday morning by rangers searching by helicopter and an investigation is ongoing. Since 1990, four people have died from falls around the crater rim, reports the AP. (Read more volcano stories.)

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