Sparks Girl Dies In Fall In Ruby Mountains

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A Sparks girl who had been the target of a search since she disappeared on a hike in the Ruby Mountains on Saturday apparently fell off a cliff to her death, Elko County Sheriff Neil Harris said Monday.

Kathleen Galindo, 11, had been reported missing in Lamoille Canyon on Saturday where she had been camping with her parents, Fred and Larene Barrett, and a 9-year-old sister in the Thomas Canyon campground about 20 miles east of Elko.

A member of a search party out of Elko found her body at about 10 a.m. Monday, Harris said.

"She had fallen off a cliff. I think she had expired at that point from a major head injury," the sheriff said.

"She apparently fell from a peak about 25 yards above her," he told The Associated Press.

About 15 family members had traveled from the Reno-Sparks area to assist in the search over the weekend, he said.

"But they weren't involved in the actual location" of the body, Harris said.

Elko sheriff deputies and Elko police - both on and off-duty - were involved in the search along with firefighters from Elko, Jiggs, Spring Creek and the Nevada Division of Forestry.