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A Utah hiker whose phone contained video of herself being washed away has been found dead beneath a waterfall at Horsetail Falls, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said.

In a press release, the sheriff said two hikers were hiking near Horsetail Falls when they encountered a “small dog with a cell phone and some personal items that seemed suspicious to them.” They alerted authorities “because they were concerned that someone may have fallen into the water of Dry Creek and could get into trouble” just before 3 p.m. Friday.

“One of these men found a video on his phone that showed a young woman near the water when she was swept away by the strong current,” the sheriff’s office said.

Body recovered; “conditions were dangerous,” says sheriff’s office

Authorities and rescue workers responded to the situation and, with the help of a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter, were able to find the woman shortly after 5 p.m. “stuck under some trees in the water about 100 feet below Horsetail Falls.”

The victim was identified as Cynthia Ann Grimwood, 19, of Springville.

The sheriff’s office said that “the area where the victim was trapped in the water was filled with heavy meltwater and conditions were dangerous.” Steep rock walls in the area also made access and recovery of the body difficult. Since it was already getting dark, rescuers decided to wait until the next day to recover the body so as not to take unnecessary risks. Volunteers from Utah Search and Rescue stayed at the site overnight “to monitor for any changes in the situation,” the sheriff’s office said.

The following Saturday morning, rescue workers were able to safely recover the victim’s body from the water. The body was then taken to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

“On behalf of everyone involved in the search for and recovery of Cynthia, we extend our deepest condolences to her family on their loss,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

The Horsetail Falls Trail is located in Alpine, about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Saman Shafiq is a trending news reporter for USA TODAY. Reach her at [email protected] and follow her on X @saman_shafiq7.

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