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Teen Hiker Falls to his Death at Red Rock Canyon
Metro Search and Rescue units respond to call of hiker's death.

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police said a teenager fell more than 80 feet to his death at Red Rock Canyon Monday.

The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the teen as 17-year-old Andrew Sasse, a student at Bonanza High School.

Police said he was part of a group of high school students enjoying the canyon. The group of teens split up to do some hiking, and Sasse who was on his own, fell in the Calico Tanks area of Calico Basin around 12:45 p.m.

No one witnessed the fall, but when the Sasse failed to show up to meet the group, another teen went in search of him and discovered his body.

A mother and daughter picnicking nearby witnessed the aftermath. Yanneli Llamas and her mother were visiting Red Rock for the holiday and saw crews trying to find the hiker who had fallen.

"I can't believe that someone passed away ... I thought that they were just possibly injured and they were looking for them," Llamas said. "I felt kind of bad seeing the family, seeing the family is what really impacted me, seeing how upset they were."

Metro's Search and Rescue and Clark County Firefighters responded to the scene. A helicopter was used to help remove the teen's body.

Despite the gusting and swirling canyon winds, helicopter rescuers brought the young man's body back to the command post.

"It required some technical rescue and helicopter insertion for the rescue but unfortunately he was deceased at the scene," Metro Police Lt. Tom Monahan said. "It would appear that this is one of those things that we call accidents."

Metro Police said there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the boy's death. Rescuers said these types of accidents are incredibly rare and the teen wasn't doing anything dangerous.

This is the first death at Red Rock Canyon this year.


Andrew Sasse                 Photo Credit: Facebook

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