Horsetail Falls drowning victim found |

Horsetail Falls drowning victim found


The body of a missing hiker presumed dead after falling nearly 200 feet at Horsetail Falls has been found.

On Thursday, a dive team with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department found Mary “Grace” Miller, 24, of Carmichael, Calif., missing since June 29.

The department resurrected the search after declaring the water flow at the popular waterfall safe.

Horsetall Falls is located about 15 miles west of South Lake Tahoe.

Miller’s body was trapped below the water surface about two-thirds of the way down the falls, authorities said.

Her body, positively identified by the county coroner personnel, was removed from the falls.

During the past month, sheriff’s department personnel continued to search for Miller’s body. However, the swift running white water was considered too dangerous for the dive team to enter the falls.

Miller apparently waded into the stream and was caught in the current. Her fatal plunge over the falls was witnessed by nearby hikers and Miller’s husband.

The sheriff’s department has ruled the death accidental.

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