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Fall appears to be suicide attempt

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

A woman who fell four stories from the Sky Lodge early Tuesday morning appears to have attempted suicide, the Park City Police Department said.

Phil Kirk, a Police Department captain, said investigators are continuing to probe the fall. Family members have told them the woman jumped from the lodge, he said.

The woman, who is 38 years old and from Henderson, Nev., is believed to be in critical condition in a Salt Lake hospital, Kirk said. Details about her injuries were not available.

Kirk said investigators have not found evidence of a crime. He said the police are investigating whether the woman was intoxicated or if she had used narcotics, a standard part of the questioning.

He said several family members were in the fourth-floor room at the time.

The case is a rare episode in Park City, with Kirk saying he is not familiar with another one with similar circumstances.

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"In the five years I’ve been here, it hasn’t happened at all, as far as I’m aware of," Kirk said.

The Police Department received a call at 12:11 a.m. reporting a fall from a balcony at the Sky Lodge. Darwin Little, a police sergeant, said the woman landed in an outdoor dining area. Little said it appeared the woman was staying at the lodge.

A medical helicopter transported the woman to the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Bill Shoaf, a partner in the Sky Lodge who speaks on behalf of the property, called the case a "terrible incident." He said the woman checked into the lodge about three days before the fall. Shoaf said the woman fell from the Heber Avenue side of the lodge, outside a restaurant called the Easy Street Brasserie that shares the Sky Lodge property.

The Sky Lodge is one of Park City’s tallest buildings, and it dominates one of the corners at the high-profile Main Street-Heber Avenue intersection.