Florida Woman Falls to Her Death at Grand Canyon Hours After Posting Photo of Herself on Cliff Edge
Dozens of mourners have taken to social media to post heartfelt messages about Colleen Burns
A Florida woman fell about 400 feet to her death last week at the Grand Canyon hours after posting a photo on the edge of a cliff at the iconic national park, PEOPLE confirms.
Colleen Burns, 35, of Orlando, was hiking with friends near the South Kaibab Trail on Friday when she accidentally slipped off an edge at Ooh Aah Point, Grand Canyon National Park official tells PEOPLE.
Park rangers located her body about 400 feet below where she was standing.
A spokesperson with the Coconino County Public Health Service’s Medical Examiner’s Office tells PEOPLE that the woman died from “multiple blunt force injuries” and her death has been ruled an accident.
The park spokesperson says the incident is under investigation.
On Friday, Burns uploaded an Instagram photo which appeared to show her sitting on the edge of a cliff at the park.
“That view tho,” she captioned the photo. The image was posted about three hours before she slipped and died.
One friend who was with Burns on the trail described her final moments to WESH.
“She was just, like, stepping out of the way for another gentleman to, kind of, squeeze in,” Jessica Roman told the station. “Unfortunately, Colleen just kind of got tripped up on her own feet and fell backwards. She fell into the canyon.”
Roman added: “That was the longest, strangest, craziest two seconds of my life. Those last two seconds where everyone changed are so minute in comparison to all the memories I have with her.”
A slew of mourners took to social media following the death, including deejay Kaskade, who vowed to “remember the legacy” Burns created.
“I feel taken apart by the news of Colleen’s passing. I’m feeling what I’m guessing you are: numb and then such sadness,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
Burns worked as a regional marketing director for Yelp in Orlando, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Burns’ friends described her as caring and said she had a “million-watt” smile and a contagious laugh, according to the Sentinel.
Yelp officials remembered the woman in a Twitter post, uploading a photo of Burns.
“Colleen Burns, 1st @Yelp Orlando Community Manager, has passed away. There are no words. Hoping to find some soon,” the message read.