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Coroner: Hiker fell to his death at Red Rock

Searching for Ron Kirk

Some of an estimated 150 volunteers assemble in Calico Basin to search for missing outdoorsman and athlete Ron Kirk Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. Launch slideshow »

A hiker whose body was found Saturday in Red Rock National Conservation Area fell several hundred feet to his death, the Clark County Coroner’s Office reported.

The coroner's office said Ronald Kirk, 46, died from multiple injuries he suffered when he fell while hiking near Turtlehead Peak. His death was ruled an accident.

Kirk, a UNLV history student and former Marine, sent text messages to friends Jan. 16 letting them know he would be hiking the Calico Basin.

When he hadn't returned several days later, friends and family organized a search and found his red Jeep sitting in a sandy parking lot.

The coroner confirmed Kirk's identity through dental records provided by his family and with the help of Dr. David Ord from UNLV's School of Dental Medicine, officials said.

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  1. Hike alone, die alone. Always hike with a partner.