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Fatal Fall at Montezuma Castle National Monument in Arizona

March 18 2004 at 10:10 AM
roger  (Login dipper)

Response to March 2004 Accidents/Rescues


Montezuma Castle National Monument (AZ)
Falling Fatality

At about noon on March 11th, Cleo Klette, 64, of Conrad, Montana, was at the main overlook of Montezuma Well, a detached unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument, when she walked past the safety railing, lost her balance, and fell approximately 60 feet to the base of a cliff inside the well. Ranger Rex Vanderford, other park staff, and members of Montezuma-Rimrock Fire Department responded. Klette received initial treatment for severe head and upper body trauma at the scene and was later flown by medical evacuation helicopter to Verde Valley Medical Center. She did not survive.
[Submitted by Karen Hughes, Acting Chief Ranger]

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