OREM, Utah – A 19-year-old man tragically fell to his death while taking photos at a popular overlook in Utah on Saturday. Jonathan Fielding, who had recently relocated to Orem, Utah from Missouri, was hiking with friends when the accident occurred at around 5 p.m. According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, the teen fell near the Moonscape Overlook, an area known for its breathtaking views of Utah’s Blue Valley.
Deputies from the sheriff’s office believe that Fielding was attempting to get a better view of the canyon when he fell. His death has been ruled accidental, and his funeral is scheduled for Saturday, as reported by KUTV. A GoFundMe page was set up to help cover the expenses related to his untimely passing, and it has already raised over $26,000.
Conor Parry, the organizer of the GoFundMe, described Fielding as a genuine and energetic individual who made others feel important. Fielding’s sister, Rebecca, also shared an emotional message on Facebook following the tragedy, emphasizing the importance of caution while hiking and doing photography, and warning others of the dangers of being near the edge of a cliff.
The devastating incident serves as a reminder of the hazards associated with exploring nature and the potential risks involved in activities such as photography and hiking. As loved ones grieve the loss of Jonathan Fielding, the community is urged to approach outdoor adventures with a heightened sense of awareness and caution to avoid similar accidents in the future.