Kelsea and Savannah Webster and their friend Essa Ricker were all in love with nature; and they had a particular fondness for Covered Bridge Canyon, on the edge of Uinta National Forest. It was here, moreover, that they headed to take pictures as summer turned to fall one October day in 2011. But they couldn’t have known that what they would capture in one photo was to tragically kill them moments later.
Kelsea and Savannah Webster grew up in Sonora, California. Evidently energetic, both girls loved sports, with 15-year-old Kelsea having developed a love of volleyball, while her 13-year-old sister preferred basketball. They also had a shared artistic streak and participated in a local theater group for several years.
Now in July 2011, a few years after their parents had divorced, Kelsea and Savannah moved to Spanish Fork, Utah. They would live there with their father, Dave, who worked as a carpenter in the area. But they left behind their mother, Jayna, who was working in a Sonora medical center, and two sisters, Amanda and Brenna.