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UPDATE: Officials release identity of 18 year-old who died after falling from Maryland Heights

The​ ​victim has been ​​identified​ ​as​ Maximilian​ ​Von​ ​Arx, of Illinois

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Officials have released the identity of the 18 year-old man who fell to his death this past weekend at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Park rangers said the​ ​victim has been ​​identified​ ​as​ Maximilian​ ​Von​ ​Arx​, ​of​ Illinois. 

Rangers said Von Arx ​was hiking​ ​with​ ​a​ ​friend​ ​and​ ​the​ ​friend’s​ ​family​ ​when​ ​he​ ​attempted​ ​to​ ​jump​ ​from​ ​one​ ​rock​ ​ledge​ ​to​ ​a​ ​lower ledge.​ ​He​ ​lost​ ​his​ ​footing​ ​and​ ​could​ ​not​ ​recover.​ ​

Officials said they are no​ ​immediate​ ​safety​ ​concerns​ ​or​ ​suspicious​ ​circumstances​. 

The Heights are extremely popular to hikers, however, some residents said there are few regulations to keep visitors safe.


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