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Forecasters predict temperatures in the low 90s through the week in Colorado Springs. (Seth Boster, The Gazette)

The man killed while climbing in a prohibited area at Red Rock Canyon Open Space on Tuesday was Howard Stone, 64, the El Paso County Coroner's Office reported. 

Stone had no identification on him when he was found at the bottom of an 84-foot-cliff, police said. The area where he was climbing was surrounded by a 6-foot-high, chain-link fence. 

A witness to Stone's fall flagged down an officer on U.S. 24 at 31st Street about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Stone was dead when police arrived. 

Recent rainfall might have contributed to slippery conditions on the cliff, police said, and they are investigating the death as a fall. 


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Liz is a multimedia journalist with a specific interest in space exploration and environment. She watches way too much Star Trek and is working toward her rescue scuba divers certification. Liz joined the Gazette staff in 2019.

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