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Body of Wisconsin woman found in Black River

Authorities in the UP are searching for a 22-year-old Watertown, Wisconsin woman who reportedly fell into the Black River at Rainbow Falls in Ironwood Township. Authorities in the UP are searching for a 22-year-old Watertown, Wisconsin woman who reportedly fell into the Black River at Rainbow Falls in Ironwood Township. |  Photo: KSTP/File

Updated: July 14, 2020 12:08 PM

Gogebic County Sheriff's Deputies have recovered the body of a Wisconsin woman from the Black River.

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Sheriff Pete Matonich said the body of 22-year-old Stephanie Narvaez of Watertown, Wis., was recovered at the base of Rainbow Falls at about 4:40 a.m. Tuesday. Rainbow Falls is several thousand feet upstream from Lake Superior on the Black River, within the Ottawa National Forest in Ironwood Township.

Narvaez had been hiking with another person on Saturday evening when she attempted to cross the river, slipped into the water, and was carried over the falls. Initial rescue attempts were unsuccessful.

Matonich had said dangerous currents and trecherous underwater terrain severely hampered underwater searches, but recovery operations were ongoing.

The Gogebic County Search and Rescue Team, Michigan Sate Police, State Police Dive Team, Michigan DNR, U.S. Forest Service, Beacon Ambulance, Ironwood Township Fire Department, and Gogebic County Victim Services assisted the sheriff's office.
 

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