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Woman who died in Utah’s Green River identified

First Published Aug 25 2014 11:37 am • Last Updated Aug 25 2014 10:55 pm

A woman who died after apparently falling into the Green River in Uintah County has been identified.

The woman, Leona Jean Rowley, 37, of Vernal, and her husband were fishing near the Horseshoe Bend area of the river Saturday evening when the husband moved to another spot about 50 to 100 yards farther downstream, said Uintah County Undersheriff John Laursen. When he came back, she was gone, and the bank near where she had been fishing had caved in, Laursen said.

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Investigators found no signs of foul play. A search and rescue crew found Rowley’s body about 4:15 p.m. Sunday, about a quarter mile from where the bank caved in, Laursen said.

The medical examiner’s office was examining the body Monday morning but had not determined a cause of death, Laursen said.


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