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Bodies of Two Hikers Who Fell 100-Feet to Death in Acadia National Park Recovered

In July 31, 2018 file photo, visitors to Maine's Acadia National Park gather to watch the sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain. The park recently unveiled a plan for a "timed-entry reservation system" to manage parking at some of the park's most popular attractions. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, files)

In July 31, 2018 file photo, visitors to Maine's Acadia National Park gather to watch the sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain. The park recently unveiled a plan for a "timed-entry reservation system" to manage parking at some of the park's most popular attractions. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, files)

The two hikers had arrived in Bar Harbor, Maine, on Tuesday and were last heard from on Thursday at about noon. The woman had discussed being interested in hiking Cadillac Mountain during a phone call with family members.

Acadia National Park officials released the names of two Massachusetts hikers who apparently fell 100 feet to their deaths on Dorr Mountain. The victims were Wayne Beckford, 28, and Kassandra Caceres, 30, of Rutland, Massachusetts, park officials said Monday. Officials believe they fell from icy cliffs while hiking up the mountain, but no further details were released on Monday. Caceres told family members by phone Thursday that they were interested in hiking Cadillac Mountain, which is nearby, officials said.

Rescue crews began searching for them Friday evening after family members reported them overdue and the couple failed to check out of their hotel. Their bodies were found by searchers on Saturday.

The couple, a 28-year-old man and 30-year-old woman, appeared to have fallen about 100 feet along iced covered cliff bands on Dorr Mountain, according to CNN.

Their bodies were recovered by Park Service rangers with help from the Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue and a helicopter from the Maine Forest Service, according to the NPS. NPS rangers and Maine State Police are investigating, with the assistance of the Bar Harbor Police Department.

The two hikers had arrived in Bar Harbor, Maine, on Tuesday and were last heard from on Thursday at about noon. The woman had discussed being interested in hiking Cadillac Mountain during a phone call with family members, the NPS said.

NPS said concerns on their whereabouts grew on Friday afternoon when the couple did not check out of their hotel as scheduled or return to their vehicle. The search began Friday night after family members reported the couple overdue to check in.

The overnight search involved a Coast Guard helicopter equipped with thermal imaging, which unsuccessfully searched for heat signatures near Dorr and Cadillac Mountains, the NPS said. Searchers on foot discovered the bodies late Saturday morning, authorities said.

(With inputs from AP and CNN)

first published:March 23, 2021, 11:14 IST