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Two people who fell to their deaths in Yosemite National Park last week were identified as citizens of India living in the United States.
Yosemite officials identified them as Vishnu Viswanath, a 29-year-old man, and Meenakshi Moorthy, a 30-year-old woman.
They died Wednesday after falling from Taft Point, a popular overlook above Yosemite Valley that’s often reached via a trail from Glacier Point Road. Their bodies were recovered Thursday.
“Yosemite National Park continues to investigate this case, which will take several weeks,” park officials wrote in a news release Monday. “No further details are available at this time.”
The couple ran a website called Holidays and HappilyEverAfters, which chronicled their adventures around the world. They shared photos of themselves in beautiful places — along with warning of travel dangers.
“A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs and skyscrapers,” they wrote in an Instagram post in March from the rim of the Grand Canyon, “but did you know that wind gusts can be FATAL??? Is our life just worth one photo?”
The College of Engineering, Chengannur, in India, reported them as alumni of a computer science and engineering program.
“Our hearts go to the friends and family members of this lovely couple,” wrote the college in a Facebook post Saturday. “May their souls rest in peace.”