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Palouse Falls hiker body found, recovery effort underway

UPDATE:  The victim is Cade E. Prophet, formerly of Sandpoint, according to a report by S-R reporter Jonathan Glover.

STATE PARKS  -- The body of a 25-year-old Spokane man has been found and a recovery effort is underway after he slipped and fell from a cliff above the 185-foot waterfall in Palouse Falls State Park near Washtucna on Monday afternoon, according to The Spokesman-Review's reporters on the scene.

Franklin County Sheriff's officers reported the man was taking a photo with his girlfriend when he slipped, fell 40 feet and into the Palouse River above the falls, which are prized as the state waterfall. The man's name has not been released and Sheriff's deputies are not confirming a body recovery as of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Emergency crews were called to Palouse Falls State Park about 2:30 p.m. on Monday A witness said he saw a young woman climbing up the rocks, screaming that her boyfriend had fallen.

Sheriff’s deputies and personnel from Columbia Basin Dive Rescue, Pasco Fire, Kahlotus Fire and Pasco Fire responded to the call.

Washington State Parks has been concerned about the unmarked trails at the falls in recent years, as The Spokesman-Review reported in December.

Signs have been posted warning visitors of the dangers associated with getting too close to the cliffs in the rocky terrain.

Hikers have continued to be allowed to use the trails at their own risk.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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