Suicide suspected in Mariposa man's fall in Yosemite

The Fresno BeeApril 13, 2014 

A 36-year-old Mariposa man is dead after authorities say he jumped from the top of a popular climbing spot in Yosemite National Park in an apparent suicide.

The man jumped from a sheer rock face known as the Rostrum, which is located just west of Yosemite Valley. His body was found Saturday by a California Highway Patrol helicopter in the rocks at the bottom of the Rostrum, about 1,000 feet below the top.

The CHP helicopter was called in Saturday after Yosemite authorities found the man's car in a turnout along Highway 41 in the Rostrum area. His family had filed a missing person report Friday evening, and they told authorities he was suicidal and likely headed to Yosemite.

The man's body was discovered after about 90 minutes of searching by the helicopter. Yosemite search and rescue personnel then hiked to the man and determined he was dead. Strong winds, however, prevented the helicopter from hoisting the body from the site until Sunday.

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