IRONWOOD, Mich. — The body of a missing Watertown, Wis., hiker who was swept over a waterfall after she slipped in a river has been recovered, Michigan law officials said.
Stephanie Narvaez, 22, of Watertown, and Karl Nelson, a 22-year-old Milwaukee man, were hiking at Rainbow Falls in the Town of Ironwod in northern Michigan on Saturday when the accident happened, according to the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office.
Narvaez lost her footing near the waterfall when they tried to cross the Black River, officials reported. Despite efforts by Nelson to save her, the water carried Narvaez over the waterfall.
There are dangerous currents and treacherous underwater terrain in the area.
A Michigan State Police dive team searched for Narvaez without finding her after conducting many underwater searches in and around the 40-foot-high falls into late Sunday evening and all day Monday.
Her body was recovered about 4:40 a.m. Tuesday from the base of the waterfall.
The Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service, Beacon Ambulance and Gogebic County Search and Rescue Team assisted the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office.
The area of Rainbow Falls, which is northeast of Ironwood near the Lake Superior shore, was closed to the public during the search.