Body identified in Gore Canyon kayaking accident

Kayaker Beth McVay died from blunt force trauma

GRAND COUNTY, Colo. - The body of a woman who was found Sunday at the base of a tall canyon wall along the upper Gore Canyon of the Colorado River has been identified. 

Grand County Coroner Brenda Bock identified the victim as 38-year-old Elizabeth “Beth” McVay, of Boulder County. The death was ruled accidental. McVay fell from a rocky cliff and died from blunt force trauma.

McVay went missing on Aug. 16 after flipping her kayak in the Gore Canyon Rapids. She was able to get to shore and attempted to climb the cliff wall.

Searchers from Grand County Search and Rescue and the Grand County Sheriff’s Office found her body at the base of cliffs in rocky terrain along the river.



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