A 28-year-old woman had fallen 200ft to her death while she watched the sunrise with her husband on top of a spectacular Wyoming spot Tuesday.
At around 6 a.m., Luke Aust called 911 to report the tragedy after his wife Callie Aust plunged from Steamboat Point in the Bighorn Mountains and vanished.
Emergency crews rushed to the scene and recovered the woman’s body. Investigators found no foul play indications and ruled her death as an accident.
Sara Kirol, the Bighorn National Forest spokesperson, said that the site was an abandoned fire lookout with an unsecured pipe railing.
“It is not a safe barrier, but merely a remnant of the lookout tower. Cliff edges are unstable and there are a lot of loose rocks on the top of these high places.”
Kirol added that “standing or sitting near or on the edge of cliff faces is very risky, no matter the location.”
The victim was “a dynamic and entirely singular individual” and worked at Bought Beautiful that later posted a tribute after her death.
“Her life was a literal example of living out love. She did this exceptionally well, shining God’s love and truth through her everyday actions with deep conviction and focused intention.”
“She loved her family with every ounce of her being…she was everyone’s biggest fan, a ready listener and wise counselor.”