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Victim found at Scotts Bluff National Monument identified

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A body has been found at Scotts Bluff National Monument.

A walker discovered the body Sunday on the Saddle Rock Trail.

Park rangers say the victim was 100 feet down East of the walking tunnel.

The deceased has been identified as Cody E. Bindschadler, age 22, of rural Scottsbluff.

A hiker reported seeing a man's body on the slope of the south side of Saddle Rock, near the south entrance to the Saddle Rock trail tunnel.

Evidence indicates that Bindschadler fell approximately 75 to 100 feet before impacting the ground. He fell from an area that is closed to the public.

Gering Police found Bindschadler's car parked at the west end of U Street. A Gering officer contacted  Bindschadler's family members.

They hadn't seen him for approximately two weeks. But they declined to file a missing person report

The park ranger's say there's been a somber mood at the park but it's brought a reminder to take precautions when walking on the trails.

"It's normal outdoor safety, you're meeting nature on it's terms so just be careful and be aware I think one of our biggest concerns always is families with kids."

This is the first fatality at the monument within 15 years.

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