Police identify man in Mt. Bonnell death

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police on Monday said the man who died Sunday at Mount Bonnell was 32-year-old Omer Kaya. Kaya was trying to retrieve personal property when he fell over the edge.

On Sunday, Austin-Travis County EMS said the man fell about 120 feet from Mt. Bonnell Sunday afternoon. First responders were called to the scene at about 4:20 p.m. Medics and other rescuers rappelled over the cliff’s edge and located the victim about 20 minutes later. STARFlight also assisted with the search.

A witness told EMS that the victim was holding onto a branch and fell an unknown distance. Medics believe the victim was in his 30s. Medics say Mount Bonnell can be a dangerous spot.

“It’s very pleasant up here, but it’s also quite rocky,” said Walter Branning, Austin-Travis County EMS District Commander. “You need to stay — there are safety precautions put up. We don’t know exactly what happened here, but obviously you should stay behind the rail.”

Mount Bonnell Park was closed as police investigated. They do not believe foul play was involved.

Omer Kaya
Omer Kaya

Kaya worked as both a teacher and an administrator at Harmony School of Business-Dallas.

In a statement to KXAN News, Harmony Public Schools said “Mr. Kaya will be greatly missed by the entire Harmony community. Our thoughts are with his family during this time of loss.”

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