Visitor killed by a falling tree at national monument ID’d

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) – Authorities at New Mexico’s Bandelier National Monument have identified the female park visitor killed by a tree earlier this month.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott says 81-year-old Beverly Modlin of Wheeling, Illinois, was fatally struck by the falling tree while visiting the park.

Officials say Modlin was returning to her car in the Frey Trailhead parking lot when a live Ponderosa reportedly snapped in half.

An obit in the Chicago Suburban Daily Herald said Modlin was with her children Susan Hines and Robert Modlin when the accident occurred.

Bandelier National Monument officials reported that a woman had been killed but did not identify her.

Lott did not say why park officials initially withheld the information. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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