By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A Sheridan woman has been identified as the person who fell from Steamboat Point in Sheridan County on Tuesday.
Calli Aust, 28, was identified by the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday. Aust had gone on a planned hike with her husband to see the sunrise at the point.
It is still unclear how Aust fell, but police noted foul play was not being considered and that Aust’s death was an accident.
The woman fell more than 200 feet and landed at the base of the point.
Around 6 a.m. Tuesday, the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a woman in her late 20s who had fallen off of Steamboat Point, west of Sheridan in the Big Horn Mountains. Aust’s husband wasn’t sure where she fell when he called for emergency services and due to poor reception, his location couldn’t be traced.
The sheriff’s office, Sheridan County Search and Rescue, Dayton Fire-Rescue, the Rocky Mountain Ambulance, Sheridan Fire-Rescue and the Wyoming Highway Patrol all initially responded. A life flight was also asked to search the area.
Emergency personnel arrived in the area around 6:30 a.m. to search for the woman.
Around 7:15 a.m., Aust’s body was found at the base of the southwest side of Steamboat Point. The life flight was canceled and personnel from the Bighorn National Forest Service arrived to assist with recovery of her body.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident.