Friends and family continue to mourn the loss of 21 year-old college student, Jordan Slusher, from Gastonia, North Carolina, who fell to his death at the Stone Mountain State Park this past Saturday morning.
Slusher and two friends had traveled to the northwest North Carolina state park to hike Saturday morning. They had hiked a trail to the top of the dome when they split up, agreeing to meet back some time later. When the two friends later returned to the central area spot, Slusher was nowhere in sight. After looking for him for a couple of hours, they reported Slusher missing at a ranger station, said Charlie Peek, spokesman for the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation.
Park rangers discovered Slusher’s body at about 4:30 p.m. as they were exploring a path that runs along the base of the granite dome. He had apparently fallen near the center of the slope, said Peek.
Stone Mountain has no safety barriers at its summit, as visitors have to use their own discretion in where they walk. According to Peek, it appears that Slusher may have gotten too close to the edge and slipped off. He is believed to have fallen sometime between 9 and 9:30 a.m. A medical examiner has ruled Slusher’s death to be an accident.
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