BRITISH COLUMBIA

The Chief Death: Hiker Falls Off Cliff In Squamish

08/05/2013 05:29 EDT | Updated 08/09/2013 04:48 EDT
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Squamish, British Columbia, Canada

A woman is dead after she fell from the Chief in Squamish on Sunday.

Police were called to the scene around 4 p.m. after witnesses reported that “somebody had fallen from the Grand Wall,” Murray Watt with Squamish Search and Rescue told CBC News on Monday.

UPDATE: The BC Coroners Service has identified the victim in the fall from the Stawamus Chief in Squamish as Gabriole VanKeith, 57, from Vancouver.

Known for its steep trail, the Chief is a popular summer hiking destination regarded as the second largest granite monolith in the world. Its highest cliff measures 700 metres above nearby Howe Sound.

“We don’t know if she fell or jumped or what happened,” RCMP Sgt. Wayne Pride told the Squamish Chief.

“We can only presume she was alone because we haven’t had any parties come out afterwards to advise police that they were with this individual who then fell,” said RCMP Insp. Peter Lee told News 1130.

Described as a woman in her late 20s or early 30s with a medium build, blue eyes and curly brown hair, the victim’s name has not yet been released by police.

Witnesses with any information are asked to call Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100.