Man kills himself by jumping into volcano crater

Leo Adonis has been named locally as the man who reportedly killed himself on Kilauea volcano in Hawaii

Man, 38, ‘kills himself by jumping 250 feet into a Hawaii volcano crater after leaving a suicide note in the backpack he dumped nearby’

A man reportedly killed himself on Kilauea volcano in Hawaii after he left a suicide note in his dumped backpack.

Leo Adonis, who was born Gregory Michael Ure, was found in a crater on the volcano in Hawaii National Park – about 250 feet below a walking trail used by the public.

Adonis was found on the volcano in Hawaii National Park on Sunday – file picture shows volcanic gas rising from the lava lake in Kilauea’s Halemaumau Crater 
Adonis was found on the volcano in Hawaii National Park on Sunday – file picture shows volcanic gas rising from the lava lake in Kilauea’s Halemaumau Crater  – AP

Adonis’ father said his 38-year-old son lived in Petaluma in California but “really loved Hawaii”, the Hawaii Tribune Herald has reported.

He also added that Adonis had left a suicide note in his backpack.

The backpack was discovered at around 7pm by two hikers who were on the walking trail Saturday.

When they discovered the bag, the pair alerted officials.

Rangers began looking for the owner Saturday night, but the search was suspended because of dangerous conditions.

The body was found Sunday morning by rangers searching by helicopter.

Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane said it is believed the man died from a fall, but an investigation is ongoing.

The area is open to visitors, but officials encourage hikers to stay on marked trails.

The site does not have an active lava flow, though Kilauea is erupting.

Since 1990, four people have died from falls around the crater rim. – AP

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