Wake County man falls to his death

The associated pressJune 1, 2010 

— Authorities say a Wake County man has died after he fell over the Elk River Falls in the North Carolina mountains.

Avery County officials told The Asheville Citizen-Times that witnesses saw Andrew Shelley, 41, looking over the top of the falls before he fell 50 feet Saturday afternoon.

Authorities say Shelley was in the mountains on vacation.

Officials say at least a dozen people have died at waterfalls in western North Carolina since 2001.

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