Child, 8, falls to death in Yellowstone canyon

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Associated Press

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 19 at 3:00 AM

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — An 8-year-old girl has died after falling about 550 feet while hiking in Yellowstone National Park.

The National Park Service says the accident occurred Sunday morning in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

It identified the victim as Zahra Allahyari (ZEHR'-ah AHL'-lah-yahr-ee) of Poway, California.

According to the Park Service, the girl and members of her family were hiking down a trail on the north side of the canyon to the Brink of the Lower Falls overlook. The agency says the child apparently stepped off the trail and lost her footing.

Her body was retrieved around noon Sunday.

The incident remains under investigation.

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