- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

CODY, Wyo. (AP) - Authorities say a southwestern Wyoming woman who drowned in an irrigation canal near Cody may have been trying to rescue her dog.

The Park County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release 26-year-old Christine Fairbourn, of Lyman, was found floating in the canal Saturday night. She was pulled from the water, but efforts to revive her were unsuccessful.

The sheriff’s office says guests of a barbecue Fairbourn had attended earlier in the night were the ones who came across her unoccupied vehicle and spotted her body in the canal.

Deputies say Fairbourn had been driving home from the barbecue and that her dog had been running alongside her vehicle.

Authorities found canine and human footprints at the edge of the canal.

The dog had not been located as of Sunday.

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