Two Bodies Recovered in Yosemite a Week After Viral Photo of Taft Point


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The National Park Service rangers recovered the bodies of a man and a woman on Thursday who apparently fell from Yosemite National Park’s Taft Point.

While the incident remains under investigation and the park rangers work to identify the victims, these deaths eerily come just a week after a photo went viral on social media of a couple on Taft Point.

Last week, photographer Matt Dippel was waiting to take a picture of his friend when he captured a couple on the cliff as the man dropped to one knee.

“It’s a super-popular place in Yosemite. Really popular for engagements, proposals, weddings,” Dippel told CNN. “There were at least three or four different brides and grooms up there doing their post-wedding photos, so it’s definitely not an uncommon thing to see up there.”

“I ran over to that point after I took the photo to try to figure out who they were and I asked maybe 20 or 25 people and no one came forward.”

Taft Point Sunset, Yosemite National Park: PHOTO: Taft Point at sunset at Yosemite National Park. (photo via jesselindemann / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

After returning home from Yosemite earlier this month, Dippel posted the photo on social media in the hopes he might find the couple.

“Alright Internet I need your help. Help me find these two,” he wrote. “This was taken at Taft Point, in Yosemite National Park on October 6th, 2018. I took this photo and would love for them to find it.”

While the post has been shared and liked thousands of times, Dippel has still not found the couple in the photograph.

The bodies of the man and woman who were recovered on Thursday were spotted by another tourist on Wednesday. They are among more than 10 people who have died in Yosemite this year.

Taft Point is also where world-famous wingsuit flier Dean Potter and his partner Graham Hunt died in 2015 after leaping from the cliff and crashed while trying to clear a V-shaped notch in a ridgeline.

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