Accident victim’s name released
The identity of the 24-year-old female victim who plunged 200 feet down Horsetail Falls Saturday has been released.
Although search teams still have not located her body, authorities said that Mary “Grace” Miller of Carmichael, Calif., is presumed dead after being swept into the current and dropping over the falls.
Because of the swift current, rescue teams have suspended the search for Miller’s body, said Mike Sukau, El Dorado County search and rescue coordinator.
“It’s unsafe because of the volume of water,” Sukau said Monday. “There’s too much turbulence in the water now to make an effort to safely send divers to find her.”
Over the weekend, search and rescue teams from throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin scoured the rocky area below the falls hoping to locate Miller.
According to officials, Miller was hiking with her husband and went wading in the water when she was caught up in the current and went over the falls, north of Strawberry on Highway 50.
The woman was trying to take a picture of the view as rushing water swept her off her feet and carried her downstream over the falls, according to El Dorado County Sheriff and Lake Valley Fire Department reports.