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Wyoming woman drowns in Provo River

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 65-year-old woman from Evanston, Wyo., who drowned Monday afternoon in the Provo River east of Kamas.

She was hiking near a waterfall on the Upper Provo River in the Uinta Mountains when she may have fallen, hit her head on rocks and went into the stream, said Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Brad Wilde.

"We won’t know what happened until we get all the results back," Wilde said.

The Office of the Utah State Medical Examiner is investigating the cause of death, Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said.

He said the woman’s body was in the cold water for less than three hours before U.S. Forest Service officer Darren Schiedel pulled her from the stream.

"It’s speculative on exactly what the manner of death was," Edmunds said.

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The victim was alone in the forest when family members reported her disappearance to deputies after finding her vehicle parked in the woods.

"They became worried about her," the sheriff said.