Wyoming Teen Falls To His Death While Rock Climbing

An 18-year-old student from Central High School in Cheyenne, Wyo., died Saturday while rock climbing near Eagle Rock, just outside of Laramie.

David Michael Hinkley was descending from a rock face with his friend when he slipped and slid, falling approximately 40 feet onto the base of a rock formation below.

Campers in a nearby area helped the climbers until emergency services arrived.

The exact cause of death has not been determined, though severe trauma to the head and body were a major factor.

The use of a controlled substance is under investigation and will be determined once toxicology reports are available.

Both individuals were amateur climbers and were not using any technical or safety equipment.

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