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New Zealand paraglider's death in Nevada ruled accidental

PARAGLIDER FILE PHOTO
Posted at 11:18 AM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 14:18:35-04

EUREKA (AP) — Authorities say the body of a well known paraglider from New Zealand has been recovered from a mountainous site in the remote part of Nevada.

Sheriff Jesse Watts said a passerby noticed a parachute last Wednesday and searchers on Friday reached the body of James "Kiwi" Johnston in the Fish Creek mountains of Eureka County.

Watts says Johnston died of multiple injuries from a high-elevation fall.

His death was ruled an accident, with no foul play suspected. Johnston disappeared Aug. 23 and a search went on for almost a week before operations were suspended Aug. 29.