- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

JASPER, Ark. (AP) - A 19-year-old woman fell to her death while hiking in a rugged area of northern Arkansas.

The Newton County sheriff’s office said Jessamy Samuels of Rogers fell about 100 feet Sunday while hiking near Hawksbill Crag on the way to Whitaker Point. Sheriff Keith Slape called the fall “purely accidental.”

Deputy Glenn Wheeler said the woman was hiking with a friend when she slipped on a rock and fell.

Wheeler said it took rescue teams several hours to retrieve Samuels’ body.

Slape urged people to be cautious around Newton County’s bluffs and rivers.

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