The body of 45 year old Tate Ryan Volino, of Osprey, Florida, was discovered in Refrigerator Canyon along the West Rim Trail early Friday morning, March 3, 2017.

Visitors hiking the trail came upon the body around 8:20 a.m. and called 911. It was reported that the individual was cold, with visible signs of trauma.

Park law enforcement was dispatched to secure the scene, and a search and rescue team was assembled to recover the man’s body. The West Rim Trail was closed at the Grotto from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

The injuries sustained were consistent with a high elevation fall, possibly from the Angels Landing Trail, according to the preliminary investigation. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is the primary.

Volino was an author, volunteer and family man. He leaves a wife and two sons, ages 13 and 15.

“We are all very saddened by this accident, and profound loss. Our deepest condolences go out to the Volino family, friends and loved ones,” said Jeff Bradybaugh, Superintendent, Zion National Park.