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Deaths In Yellowstone Park Investigated

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Officials with Yellowstone National Park announced there were two deadly incidents within the area this week.

The first incident involved 23-year-old Joseph Parker. Parker, a Georgia man working in Gardiner at the time of the incident, was hiking alone to a mountain peak in the northwestern portion of the park, and was last heard from at around 2:30p.m.

Friends who received his call said Parker was below the summit of Electric Peak, but was hiking down the peak due to lightning. Friends reported Parker missing about 7:30 p.m., and his body was found Thursday morning, below the Electric Peak summit.

The second incident happened Wednesday, near the Nez Perce Picnic Ground in the Mud Volcano area. Park officials said a 73-year-old angler was fishing in the Yellowstone River when witnesses say he lost his footing, while trying to cross the river in chest-deep water. The angler was carried by the waters for about 200 yards, in swift current, before a park visitor pulled the man out.

Park rangers, as well as medical staff, were notified and responded, but the angler could not be revived.

The angler's identity has not been released, as officials notify members of his family. Both men's deaths are under investigation.

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