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North Greenville U. Student Dies From Hiking Fall

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Greenville County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a body that has been found at Wildcat Falls. Greenville County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a body that has been found at Wildcat Falls.

A North Greenville University student died while hiking alone at Wildcat Falls.

The Greenville County Coroner's Office reports Brent Andrew Elrod, 20, of Piedmont died around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. 

Coroner's Office investigators believe Elrod was attempting to climb the waterfall when he lost his footing and fell. Elrod's girlfriend found him after she wasn't able to contact him.

Lieutenant Tim Ridgeway of the sheriff's office said that deputies responded to the call off Geer Highway and Persimmon Ridge Road just before 7:00 p.m.

Ridgeway stated that dive teams were called in to recover the body.  

Wildcat Falls is a popular hiking destination in northern Greenville County.

North Greenville University released a statement from school president Dr. Jimmy Epting:

"The North Greenville University family is grieving the tragic loss of one of our students, Brent Elrod, during a hiking accident Thursday. Brent loved the Lord and we celebrate that he is in a much better place. He enjoyed the outdoors, was a Student Services Coordinator, and special to us all. We would appreciate your prayers for the Elrods and the NGU family during this difficult time."

It's the third death in just over a year at Wildcat Falls. In February of this year, the coroner's office says a man was killed after he fell while hiking with his young daughter. Another man was killed when he slipped and fell in September of 2012.

The State Parks Service says the area is popular with hikers because it's so close to the road.
Because of past incidents, they've put up signs with a stronger warning message of the danger of climbing onto the wet rocks.

They say people should not be afraid to visit, as long as they stay on the marked trails.

Related:
Father Dead, Daughter Injured After Fall From Greenville Co. Waterfall
Update: Hiker Who Died From Fall Identified

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