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Woman who died in fall named

Police believe alcohol a factor in accident at park

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Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:51 am, Tue Jul 2, 2013.

POST FALLS - The victim who died after falling from a cliff at Q'emiln Park in Post Falls on Friday night has been identified as Megan C. Mitchell, 37, Post Falls.

Police say she fell about 50 feet in the rocky terrain and died at the scene. She was at the park with her 35-year-old boyfriend from Post Falls. Alcohol is believed to be a factor, police Chief Scot Haug said.

While the two were in a popular rock climbing area of the park, they were not rock climbing, Haug said.

"She and her boyfriend were just visiting and hanging out," Haug said. "He said he saw her stand up and lose her balance. She flailed her arms and grabbed onto a sapling, but slipped over the edge."

Mitchell died at the park.

"There's no evidence that a crime was committed," Haug said. "It appears to have been an accidental fall, but we're still following up."

Haug said the boyfriend appeared to be intoxicated and he told police that she had been drinking, too. The two also had alcohol with them in the park, according to the police report.

"They had talked about building a fire in the park," Haug said.

Haug said the accident, reported by Mitchell's boyfriend, occurred not far from the parking lot and ticket booth of the park about 9:20 p.m.

Kootenai County Fire and Rescue arrived and began medical aid. It appears that the female had major trauma from the fall.

No one else witnessed the accident, Haug said.

Toxicology results are pending. An investigation continues.

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