18-year-old from Layton killed in fall from cliff identified

This Snapchat image was shared on Facebook by Alexys' father, Tyrone Hipwell. He said this was the last picture she sent at about 4:05 p.m. Saturday. Photo Courtesy: Facebook

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah, Sept. 25, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — An 18-year-old girl from Layton died Saturday after falling from a 70-foot cliff in Adams Canyon.

The body of Alexys Hipwell was found at the bottom of the cliff at 12:20 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release from Davis County Sheriff’s Office, after her family reported her overdue when she did not return from a hike.

Davis County Sheriff’s deputies, along with DCSO search and rescue personnel, responded to the report of a lost hiker up Adams Canyon above Layton Saturday at 9:15 p.m.

The Davis County Crime Lab and State Medical Examiner joined officials to investigate the incident further after she was found. At this time, detectives do not believe foul play was involved.

The preliminary evidence shows she most likely slipped and fell due to the weather conditions and area where she was found.

“We are unable to determine the reason for the fall at this time, but will continue to investigate the incident further,” the news release stated.

“Our deepest condolence goes out to Alexys’ family and friends dealing with her tragic loss at this difficult time.”


  1. It breaks my heart, someone so young, pretty and with a whole life ahead dies like that! She will never get married, have kids, being grandmother, travel to exotic places, see the kids growing up, buring her own parents. I do not understand the logic of life. Some good people just leave this planet against their will and other people are richly blessed and do not deserve it. Where is the divine justice in all of that? I have no words, I do not know her family, I did not know her, but I feel the pain.
    The worst of all, I have nobody to blame it. She will be just statistics in the government records. Who is going to be the next one? There are no guarantees in life. I do not know how to overcome so much bad news in this planet. Thanks Adam and Eve for giving us this nice present!


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