Zion National Park confirmed a body found Thursday, Nov. 21, was that of 19-year-old Savannah McTague. McTague, Maine, was a Xanterra concession employee working at Zion Lodge.
McTague had been out hiking on Angels Landing with two colleagues late Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 20. She was reported missing around 5:30 p.m., by her colleagues who suspected she had fallen. Zion Park Rangers immediately began a search and rescue operation. At first light on Thursday morning, McTague’s body was found beneath Angels Landing. The injuries sustained were consistent with a high elevation fall.
Zion National Park and Washington County Sheriff’s Office are investigating. More information may become available once the investigation is complete.
“Our deepest condolences go out to the McTague family and friends,” said Jeff Bradybaugh, superintendent of Zion National Park. “Savannah was part of the Zion family. This fatality has been especially hard on Zion Lodge and park staff.”
McTague’s fall came just one day after the trail had been reopened following a rock fall, according to the National Parks Service. The trail was closed after rocks fell Nov. 16. Crews had to remove the debris before public access to the trail was reopened.
The trail is a described by the NPS as a strenuous, 5.4-mile round-trip hike.