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Washington County identifies woman who died in the snow

Published December 20, 2012 9:03 pm

Accident • Male companion survived after walking further to find shelter.
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The Washington County Sheriff's Office has identified a woman who died in the snow Wednesday after her car got stuck in the snow near Enterprise Reservoir.

Darlene Dietrich, 66, and her passenger, Michael Meunier, were driving north to the reservoir on Shoal Creek Road when they became stranded Tuesday night. They got out and hiked north to find help, but at one point Dietrich could go no farther, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Meunier continued on and found temporary shelter until morning, when he met some snowmobilers near the reservoir and called for help.

But emergency responders found Dietrich lifeless in the snow, about 3 miles north of the mired vehicle.

Investigators are treating her death as an accident at this point. The case is still under investigation, however, and the Sheriff's Office is awaiting autopsy results from the medical examiner.

A news release from the Sheriff's Office does not indicate the ages of Dietrich and Meunier, where they are from or the nature of their relationship.

mmcfall@sltrib.com

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