Hiker’s Friends to Establish Fund

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Hiker’s Friends to Establish Fund

By Zoë Robert

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Friends of Ásta Stefánsdóttir, the 35-year-old Icelandic lawyer who was found dead in Bleiksárgljúfur canyon, South Iceland, last week after having been missing since June 10, have established a fund in her name, ruv.is reports. 

The fund will support ICE-SAR search and rescue services and causes related to Ásta’s interests, which included environmental law, the penal code, procedural law and human rights law. Ásta also had a strong interest in equality and cultural issues.

In a statement, Ásta’s friends and family said they would like to extend their deep gratitude to the search and rescue services, as well as the police, for their work following Ásta’s disappearance.

The fund will be formally established on July 25.

Ásta was staying in a summer house in the region with her fiancée Pino Becerra Bolanos from Spain over the Whitsun weekend. When no one heard from them on June 10, search and rescue were called out.

Bolanos’ body was found in the canyon that same night. An autopsy revealed that she had died from injuries after falling down the 30-meter (98-feet) high waterfall in the canyon.

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