UW Health doctor dies after fall while hiking, found in clay: cops

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Kelsey Musgrove was found dead near Potato River Falls, officials say. She was a cardiothoracic surgery fellow with UW Health.

Iron County, WI Sheriff’s Office

Prior to Dr. Kelsey Musgrove’s death while hiking solo, authorities believe she had left the trail and the Potato River Falls viewing area to take a closer look at the river.

She had reached the Wisconsin waterfall on Saturday, March 26 and let someone know she did, but that was the last anyone heard from her, McClatchy News previously reported. Musgrove was reported missing four days later and her body was found on April 3.

“Walking along the edge of the embankment, it appears that the the ground beneath her crumbleddriving her down the shore with clay and rocks,” the Iron County Sheriff’s Office said in an April 6 update.

His body was then “partially buried in a steep clay bank along the edge of the river”, officials said.

After finding the doctor’s body, investigators performed an autopsy and learned that she died of traumatic injuries from her fall near the river.

“Death occurred within minutes of the fall,” the sheriff’s office said.

Musgrove was a cardiothoracic surgery trainee with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Surgery. The three-year fellowship program provides physicians “with the skills and knowledge necessary to begin a career as a cardiothoracic surgeon.”

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague, Dr. Kelsey Musgrove,” a UW Health spokesperson told McClatchy News on April 4. “She has been recognized by her peers as a great surgeon, an exceptional mentor and an incredibly kind and positive person. mind. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his friends and family during this difficult time. »

Potato River Falls in Iron County is about 285 miles north of Madison.

“Clay benches are always unstable and can be mined in areas not visible from above,” Sheriff Paul Samardich said in the news release. “When hiking, please stay on marked trails and viewing areas. If you choose to hike alone, always make sure someone knows your travel route and when you plan to return.

Kaitlyn Alanis is a McClatchy national real-time reporter based in Kansas. She is an alumnus of agricultural communication and journalism at Kansas State University.