UPDATE: Iowa hiker dies after fall along trail in Mount Vernon

UPDATE: Iowa hiker dies after fall along trail in Mount Vernon Photo: IA DNR.

Updated: May 25, 2020 06:08 AM
Created: May 24, 2020 12:41 PM

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) - Iowa authorities are investigating the death of a hiker in Palisades-Kepler State Park in Mount Vernon.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Sunday that 32-year-old Brian Jungen, of Coralville, died Friday after a fall.


Officials say a group of four hikers found Jungen on the Cedar Cliff Trail with several cuts to his head. Jungen was able to speak to the hikers before he blacked out.

When paramedics arrived, they were unable to locate Jungen’s pulse, and he was pronounced dead.


The Iowa of Department of Natural Resources says they are investigating the death of a 32-year-old Coralville man after he was found injured by hikers on a trail at the Palisades-Kepler State Park on Friday.

DNR says four hikers came upon Brian Jungen along Cedar Cliff Trail on Friday afternoon around 3:45 p.m. The DNR reports they were notified of a person who had fallen on the trail and had lacerations to his head. Officials say Jungen was lying along the trail near a bench and was bleeding from lacerations on his head. The hikers were able to speak briefly with the victim before he blacked out.

The hikers called 911 and first responders from Mount Vernon and Lisbon, as well as Linn County Sheriff’s Office deputies and DNR park rangers responded to the scene.

When they arrived on scene, they were not able to detect a pulse from Jungen and began immediate medical attention. Jungen was pronounced dead at the scene.

DNR park rangers continue to investigate this incident.  

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