Roosevelt Man Dies in Tragic Accident in Provo Canyon
By Kristin Forbis, Jul 19, 2021
A tragic accident resulted in the death of a Roosevelt man on Saturday in Provo Canyon. The Utah County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release on Sunday sharing that on July 17th, shortly after 7:00pm, Deputies with the Utah County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of a man and a nine year old boy missing near Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon. The man, 40-year-old Adrian Vanderklis, of Roosevelt, was climbing with his fiance's 9 year old son above Bridal Veil Falls. The woman reported that she could see her son, who was crying, but that she could not see her fiance, and that she hadn't seen him for "several hours". Search and Rescue volunteers and a helicopter crew with the Utah Department of Public Safety responded to the area and team members found Mr. Vanderklis about 7:45pm on a very steep, near vertical, slope about 1/3 of a mile west of Bridal Veil Falls at an elevation of about 5,800 feet. A team of Search and Rescue volunteers made their way to the victim and determined he apparently fell and did not survive his injuries. Darkness set in, making a recovery of Mr. Vanderklis's body extremely dangerous. The operation was called off late Saturday night due to darkness and resumed Sunday morning at 7:00. Search and Rescue volunteers were shuttled to the location of Mr. Vanderklis's body. After securing him and preparing him to be hoisted off the cliff, the Department of Public Safety helicopter crew returned and brought Mr. Vanderklis off the mountain. His body was taken to the Medical Examiner's office for an autopsy. While it is unclear exactly why Mr. Vanderklis fell, it is possible he stumbled, or slipped on loose material. Regardless, it appeared he was killed immediately as a result of the fall. While the boy was with him, he did not actually see Mr. Vanderklis fall. Evans Family Media joins the Utah County Sheriff's Office to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Vanderklis and his fiance and her family.