Sunday, July 20, 2014

Brazil: US Tourist, 25, Fell to His Death from a Great Height in Rio's Tijuca Forest

According to The Daily Mail, US tourist Max Mendoza, 25, was found dead early Friday (July 18) morning after falling into a ravine in Rio de Janeiro's Tijuca Forest. 

Brazilian police recovered the body and notified the US consulate-general, which has yet to name the tourist. However, at least two Brazilian papers have named him as 25-year-old Max Mendoza. 

Friends online have also identified Mendoza in tributes on Facebook and Twitter. 

Max Mendoza's body was allegedly found near the park's Waterfall of Souls. Local police said he appeared to have fallen from a great height. 

COMMENT:  First of all, our condolences and sympathies go out to Mr. Mondoza's family.

According to his Facebook profile, Mendoza was in the country to attend the World Cup. 

Local police say Mendoza and two unidentified friends had hiked into Tijuca Forest Thursday (July 17) near closing time with plans to camp there overnight.

At some point, though, Mendoza and his friends split up and he was later found by firefighters having fallen from a great height. 

His body was discovered on a trail near the forest's Waterfall of Souls around 1225 hours.

The investigation is ongoing, and authorities are currently still determining a cause of death.

Mendoza was identified from documents found in his backpack. 

North Carolina dental student Tina Mounlavongsy told MailOnline that she met Mendoza at Arizona State University through student government.

This report will be updated as new information comes to light in terms of how and why Max died.