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Teen hiking with girlfriend dies after falling from cliff in Flat Tops Wilderness Area

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. — A 17-year-old boy who was hiking with his girlfriend in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area fell to his death on Sunday, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said.

The teen was with his girlfriend on the edge of a cliff near Meadow Lake and Cow Lake, north of New Castle, the sheriff’s office said.

He fell about 1 p.m., the sheriff’s office said. He wasn’t moving and his girlfriend couldn’t reach him.

Search and rescue teams got to the area about 4 p.m. but couldn’t reach the fallen hiker until about 5:30 p.m. That’s when they confirmed the boy had died.

The boy’s name has not been released, but the sheriff’s office said he was from Rifle.