Body of missing hiker found
May 9, 2013
The body of a Minnesota man, who went for a day hike on Sunday, was recovered by Yosemite National Park rangers on Tuesday afternoon near the base of Vernal Fall.
Kenneth Stensby, 73, of Edina, Minn., was fatally injured after he fell from a cliff near the top of the waterfall, according to park officials. Stensby had been staying at the Ahwahnee Hotel for several days and went on hikes each day. Each time he’d leave a note with the hotel’s concierge detailing his activities. On Sunday, the note said he was taking Mist Trail to the top of the fall. By 5 p.m. when he didn’t return, the staff contacted the park service. Rangers found his backpack near the guardrail at the top of Vernal Fall on Sunday night. On Monday rangers conducted a full search in the rain with the help of dogs and a California Highway Patrol helicopter. Stensby’s body was spotted by the helicopter at around 6 p.m. Monday. Mist Trail, closed for the search, has now been reopened.