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Searchers Find Body Of Woman Who Was Swept Over Wallace Falls
July 28, 2017
(GOLD BAR, WA.) -- Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit personnel and volunteers resumed their search Thursday for a missing 18 year-old woman who is believed to have fallen in the North Fork of the Wallace River Wednesday night at Wallace Falls State Park.
The middle falls, one of three falls in Wallace Falls Park. Photo by Heptazane, Wikepedia commons. More Heptazane photos at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Heptazane/gallery
The body of the woman was eventually found Thursday afternoon around 4 pm in a pool of water at the base of the lower falls.
"It is believed that she was swept over the falls and died in the water," said sheriff's office spokesperson Shari Ireton.
Confirmation of the cause and manner of her death will be provided by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner, as well as identification.
Friends of the woman called 911 around 7:45 pm Wednesday evening. They reported that they had climbed over the railing to cross the river to an island and as they were returning to the trail, they heard the woman cry out, followed by the sound of a splash in the water.
Various fire and Sheriff's Office units searched the area that evening until operations were suspended at nightfall.
"The woman's shoes and a GoPro stick were found at the base of the falls," said Ireton who added that the woman is from Las Vegas, Nevada and was attending a local community college here in the state.
Wallace Falls: no stranger to hikers getting into trouble
In June of 2013 a Monroe, WA man escaped serious injury when he slipped and went over "the lower" Wallace Falls.
The park has a series of falls, nine in all, with two that are considered the most visually stunning and one that is the tallest at 265 feet.
In Sept. 2012 a young woman was spared serious injury when she fell into the lower Wallace Falls which drops 212 feet in five tiers.
In May of the same year, there was a dramatic rescue of a boy that made national news. He was perched for hours just inches away from the edge of Wallace Falls after almost going over that edge.