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Doctor who died near waterfall found ‘partially buried’

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A doctor found dead near a waterfall Sunday in northern Wisconsin, she apparently died when the ground below her caved in, officials said Wednesday.

Iron County Sheriff Paul Samardich said in a news release that Kelsey Musgrove’s body was found “partially buried in a steep clay bank” by the river at Potato River Falls in Gurney. About 25 agencies helped with the search, he said.

“Walking along the edge of the embankment, it looks like the ground beneath her has collapsed causing her to come down the bank with clay and boulders,” Samardich said.

Kelsey Musgrove/Credit: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Musgrove, 30, suffered traumatic injuries and died minutes after the fall, according to her autopsy.

A cardiothoracic surgery fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Musgrove last had contact with people March 26, the sheriff previously said. Authorities said they located his car on March 30, but his body was not found until April 3.

Samardich said it appeared Musgrove had ventured off the trail and viewing area to get closer to the river.

Musgrove’s Twitter profile says she was a “budding thoracic surgeon” who loved nature and hiking.

when it’s 113 degrees and you drive 3 hours to find the best water. #I melt #Heat wave #PNW Walupt Creek Falls. Desert rock goat 💚🥰🌲👻

— Kelsey Musgrove (@KelseyA_M) June 29, 2021

In his press release Wednesday, the sheriff issued a warning to other hikers.

“Clay beds are always unstable and can be mined in areas not visible from above,” Samardich said. “When hiking, please stay on marked trails and viewing areas. If you choose to hike alone, always make sure someone knows your route and when you plan to return.”

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