The staffer was climbing with another U.S. citizen and embassy employee was evacuated to a hospital, according to a Mexican official in Puebla state.
“We are extremely grateful to the government of Mexico for its prompt assistance in the operation,” a State Department official said in a statement to ABC News. “Unfortunately, one of the climbers passed away. Our deepest sympathies are with his family and friends.”
The embassy employee was rescued Monday afternoon and is currently hospitalized in Mexico City, according to the Mexican official. The staffer’s body has been recovered, taken down the mountain by foot Tuesday morning.
The cause of their accident is under investigation.
The State Department would not say in what roles the two employees worked in Mexico or provide other details, citing privacy concerns.