Coroner identifies two climbers who died on mountainside near Idyllwild; One was a former Dallas Cowboys player

The two climbers whose bodies were found Wednesday on the cliff face of a mountainside just east of Idyllwild have been identified by the Riverside County Coroner.

A report of “walkers down” came in at 12:25 p.m. near the Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout, southeast of Humber Park, in the San Bernardino National Forest, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

On Thursday, the medical examiner identified the two as Gavin Escobar, 31, and Chelsea Walsh, 33. Both Escobar and Walsh are from Huntington Beach.

Escobar was a former NFL player and spent most of his career with the Dallas Cowboys. He attended San Diego State before being drafted by the Cowboys in 2013. He also played for the Chiefs, Ravens, Dolphins and Browns. He last played in 2019.

In February 2022, Escobar he joined the Long Beach Fire Department, the department confirmed on Facebook.

Escobar leaves behind a wife and two young children.

Riverside County Fire crews had access to the cliff face in the rescue attempt, but pronounced both victims dead at the scene.

Location of rock wall, Google Maps

The image above shows an aerial view of the location where the two climbers were found.

The agency described the two victims as climbers, although it was not immediately clear whether they suffered fatal injuries while ascending or descending the mountainside or died in other ways.

The coroner noted that the scene of injury was the same as the scene of death.

CalFIRE turned the case over to Riverside County Sheriff’s investigators.

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