NYC Woman Dies in Hiking Accident

Kathleen Stein, 67, appeared to have fallen 100 feet into the creek

Thursday, Nov 17, 2011  |  Updated 7:51 PM EDT
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NYC Woman Dies in Hiking Accident

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A New York City woman died while hiking in a popular national park in Pennsylvania, park officials said Thursday.

Kathleen Stein, 67, was found in Spackman's Creek, on the Pennsylvania side of the park, at about 10 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Park Service.

It appeared Stein fell about 100 feet, officials said.

Stein had gone hiking with a friend at the park early Sunday afternoon, and after traveling together to one location, separated to take a different trail, said officials. The two typically take different routes, then meet again at a designated point, the friend told authorities.

By about 8:30 p.m., when Stein failed to show up at their meeting spot, the friend contacted police.

Park rangers conducted a search at the park and found Stein's orange hat on the rim of the gorge above the creek, said officials. Her body was discovered in the creek shortly afterward, at about 10 p.m.

Park rangers, National Park Service, Pennsylvania State Police and the Pike County coroner are continuing to investigate.

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