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Hiker's manner of death released

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University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

IRON COUNTY, WI— The cause of death of a hiker found in Iron County, Wisconsin over the weekend has been released.

On Sunday morning searchers found the body of 30-year-old Kelsey Musgrove in the Potato River Falls area in the town of Gurney. The Iron County Sheriff's Office says her remains were found partially buried in a steep clay bank along the river’s edge.

It appears that while she was hiking alone, Musgrove left the trail in an attempt to get closer to the river. The edge of the embankment collapsed under her and she fell, along with clay and rocks. An autopsy indicates Musgrove died of traumatic injuries sustained in the fall.

Officials say clay banks are always unstable and can be undermined in areas not visible from above. They say always stay on the marked trail, and if you choose to hike alone, make sure someone knows your route and when you plan to return.