Edina Hiker Found Dead at Cliff Bottom in Yosemite

Updated: 05/08/2013 5:56 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

The body of a missing 73-year-old Edina man was found in Yosemite National Park in California near the base of Vernal Fall.

The body of Kenneth Stensby was found by park personnel around 6 p.m. Monday and was extricated from the area around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

According to Yosemite National Park, Stensby was apparently fatally injured after falling from a cliff near the top of a waterfall.

Park officials say Stensby, a veteran hiker, left a note that day with the concierge at the Ahwahnee Hotel saying he expected to be back by noon. When he wasn't back by 5 p.m., hotel officials called authorities.

The park conducted a full scale search and rescue operation Monday.

Crews included multiple ground teams, a dog team and a California Highway Patrol helicopter in the search for Stensby.

Three young tourists were swept over Vernal Fall in 2011 after one of them slipped on a rock. Her two friends fell while trying to save her.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.