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U. of Wyo. award-winning poet presumed dead after fall in Japan

May 9, 2009

Craig Arnold, a University of Wyoming assistant professor of English and an award-winning poet, vanished April 26. He was in Japan as part of a creative writing program and was hiking on a volcano on the island of Kuchinoerabu-jima.

Overnight Friday, the University of Wyoming said in a release that Arnold had likely fallen from a cliff and didn't survive.

They "learned from the private search group it hired that Arnold likely fell from a high and dangerous cliff, and there is virtually no possibility he could have survived the fall," the university said.

"We had truly hoped for a different outcome to this story," University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan said. "On behalf of all the faculty and staff at the University of Wyoming, I extend my deepest regrets to Craig's family and fiancee."

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