Park rangers confirm they have recovered the body of 73-year-old Kenneth Stensby, a hiker from Edina who did not return from a day hike in Yosemite National Park on Sunday as planned.
Rangers confirmed Stensby was fatally injured after falling from a cliff near the top of the waterfall while stopping to take a photograph. His body was extricated at about 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
The National Park Service said Stensby had been staying at the Ahwahnee Hotel for several days and maintained a practice of leaving a note with the concierge to outline his daily plan. Early on Sunday, he left a note explaining he planned to hike to Vernal Fall return by noon but never arrived.
Rangers located Stensby's day pack at the top of Vernal Fall by the guard rails late Sunday, but his camera was not inside and there was no sign of him.
Yosemite National Park officials brought in 30 searchers, dog teams and a California Highway Patrol helicopter on Monday. The effort focused on the Mist Trail corridor from Happy Isles to the top of Vernal Fall, and rescuers eventually spotted Stensby's body at about 6 p.m. on Monday night.
The Mist Trail was temporarily closed during the search and recovery operation, but it has since been reopened.