UPDATE: Hilo man who died in Kilauea crater fall Sunday identified

UPDATE: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has identified the man who died of a fall into the Kilauea caldera on Sunday.

According to a park spokeswoman, the deceased man was 75-year-old Hilo resident Steven Hurt. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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PREVIOUSLY: A Hilo man died Sunday after falling into the Kilauea caldera in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

According to an HVNP news release, a 75-year-old Hilo man was reported missing from the park shortly after midnight Monday morning.

After a nighttime search, National Park Service rangers and Hawaii County firefighters found the man’s body west of the Uekahuna viewing area at the summit of Kilauea volcano, about 100 feet below the crater rim. Rangers recovered the body by helicopter at about 8 a.m.

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The HVNP news release described the area from where the man fell from as a “closed area.”

An investigation into the incident is underway. Public identification of the man is pending notification of his family.

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