UPDATE (July 11 at 12 p.m.) – National park officials have identified the 38-year-old man recovered early Sunday morning near the bottom of Kīlauea caldera as Gregory Michael Ure, also known as Leo Michael Adonis, of California. His last known address was La Mesa, California.
“Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park officials confirm the finding of a note in the backpack belonging to the victim,” a Tuesday media release stated. “Details concerning the note and circumstances of the death will not be publicly discussed until the National Park Service has concluded its investigation and the county pathologist has ruled on the cause of death.”
(BIVN) – The body of a 38-year-old man was recovered by park rangers early Sunday morning near the bottom of Kīlauea caldera inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, federal officials report.
The National Park Service issued a media release on Monday morning:
On Sat., July 8, two visitors discovered a backpack on Crater Rim Trail at approximately 7 p.m.
Park dispatch was notified, and rangers searched the caldera rim and floor on foot, but were unable to locate the owner. The search was suspended due to unsafe conditions at night, and resumed at first light yesterday morning, Sun., July 9.
Rangers aboard a helicopter found the victim about 250 feet below the caldera rim, in an area that is not currently erupting, around 5:35 a.m.
The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. An investigation is underway.
We will update this story with more information.