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NPS identifies elderly woman who fell to her death near overlook on Blue Ridge Parkway

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East Fork Overlook (May 19, 2017/FOX Carolina) East Fork Overlook (May 19, 2017/FOX Carolina)
East Fork Overlook (Source: National Parks Service) East Fork Overlook (Source: National Parks Service)
CANTON, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Haywood County Emergency Services said the search for a missing elderly woman ended tragically on Friday afternoon.

Officials said a 911 call was placed reporting the woman missing in Pisgah National Park near East Fork Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. A companion of the 83-year-old called 911.

The National Parks Service, Haywood County Emergency Services, Haywood County Search and Rescue, Haywood County Sheriff's Office and Cruso Fire Department all responded to the scene.

Just after 1 p.m., Haywood County Sheriff's Office Technical Rescue Team recovered her body approximately 150 feet below the overlook.

The victim was identified as 83-year-old Nancy Ann Martin of Richmond Virginia.

According to the National Parks Service (NPS), there are no picnic tables or trails at the overlook but it is a popular spot for watching the leaves change. Parks officials said hiking and climbing in the park can be dangerous and should not be underestimated. 

NPS officials said Martin fell to her death late Friday morning from the East Fork Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Milepost 418.

Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Mark Woods and park staff expressed their sincere sympathy to the family of Ms. Martin.

The incident remains under investigation

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