SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — A Porterville minister accused of sexually abusing two teenage parishioners fell 400 feet to his death at Moro Rock, a National Park Service official said Monday.
The Rev. Santos Teixeira's fall Sunday afternoon was under "uncertain circumstances," requiring the agency to notify the FBI of its investigation, said Alexandra Picavet, a Sequoia National Park spokeswoman.
She said park investigators haven't determined the manner of death and cautioned that it was standard procedure to notify the FBI about the case, which occurred on federal land.
Teixeira, 56, fell to his death from the summit of Moro Rock, a 6,500-foot-high granite dome. Picavet said a person believed to be a parishioner and other bystanders were in the area, adding that they have been interviewed.