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Woman's body recovered from Wallace Falls

Rescue crews recovered the body of an unidentified woman discovered in the pond below the lower falls at Wallace Falls State Park on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: KOMO News)

GOLD BAR, Wash. - A woman's body was recovered from the pond below the lower falls at Wallace State Park on Tuesday evening, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said a group of park visitors discovered the woman's body in the water around 4:00 p.m. and called 911.

Emergency crews from Snohomish County Fire Districts 7 and 26 were called in, along with the sheriff's dive team and helicopter to help search for the body.

The woman's body was recovered from the water and taken to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner.

“She went over at least one set of the falls,” said Batt. Chief Erik Liddiatt with Snohomish County Fire District 7.

The park visitors who called 911 said they did not know the woman.

Investigators think she mabe have been hiking alone. The sheriff's office also said no one has filed a missing person report and no one saw her fall into the water.

“You don't want to take chances,” said Dave Smith, who was hiking with his wife and two daughters. “The rocks are slippery. You don't want to take chances with the river."

Right now, investigators are working to figure out who the woman is and why she was in the water. They said they woman appears to be in her 20s or 30s.

The Medical Examiner will work to identify the woman and determine a cause and manner of death.

“This is really early in the season to start having this, so just be careful, and preferably we have you hike with a buddy and check in with the ranger,” Liddiatt said.

This is the same area where two people were killed last summer in separate incidents.

Another woman had to be rescued after she fell onto a ledge near the falls while climbing.


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