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Fresno man falls into Merced River from Yosemite’s Mist Trail

In this file photo from July of 2011, hikers reach the vista point at Vernal Fall after hiking the Mist Trail a day after three visitors reportedly slipped into the Merced River above Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park. On Monday, June 5, 2017, a man was seen falling into the river from the Mist Trail.
In this file photo from July of 2011, hikers reach the vista point at Vernal Fall after hiking the Mist Trail a day after three visitors reportedly slipped into the Merced River above Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park. On Monday, June 5, 2017, a man was seen falling into the river from the Mist Trail. Fresno Bee File Photo

A man described as 6 feet 2 inches tall reportedly fell into the Merced River from Yosemite National Park’s Mist Trail on Monday, and officials have asked anyone with information to help locate him.

He was later identified by family and friends as Kevin Nelson, 50, from Fresno. Nelson still hasn’t been found.

Nelson fell into the river about 12:30 p.m., according to a statement from park officials on Yosemite’s Facebook page.

Anyone with information is asked to call the park’s dispatch line at (209) 379-1992.

For an updated story including interviews with Nelson’s friends and family, click here.

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