UPDATE: Young man falls to death in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

The 18-year old's body was taken to Baltimore for an autopsy

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Tragedy struck Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, after an 18 year-old man apparently fell to his death.

Park rangers said that the young man was standing on top of the Maryland Heights overlook when it happened.

Washington County First Responders recovered the body, which has been sent to the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

The Heights' surrounding historic Harpers Ferry are extremely popular to hikers, however, some residents have pointed out that there are very few rules or regulations to keep visitors safe.

"Sometimes, you do get a lot of people that just like to ham it up for a camera or a selfie, and we do not really know what happened, but it is really a dangerous trail,” said Harpers Ferry resident Brenda Christensen. “I mean, you need to be careful, and you do not have to get so close to the edge."

The investigation remains open as park rangers continue to gather witness statements.

It has been confirmed that the victim was not a Harpers Ferry resident.

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