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Body of Everett Woman Recovered from Cedar Ponds Area on Sunday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 1, 2019

CONTACT: Courtney O’Keefe, Communications Specialist, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office

Courtney.O’Keefe@snoco.org, 425-388-3865, Media line: 425-249-6263

MONROE, Wash. The body of the 28 year-old Everett woman who fell over the falls at Cedar Ponds on Saturday night was recovered on Sunday, March 31.  Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers and deputies, as well as Gold Bar Fire, responded to Cedar Ponds Road just before midnight on Saturday to reports of an adult female who slipped and fell into the water. Deputies on scene located the female, but were unable to recover her body at that time due to dangerous conditions. At 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, SAR units recovered the woman’s body from the water. She was transported to the roadway where the Snohomish County Medical Examiner took custody of the body. The Medical Examiner will provide positive identification, as well as determine the cause and manner of death. More than 35 SAR volunteers participated in the search and recovery.

Last year, a 22 year-old Monroe woman drowned at this same location and it took 10 days for SAR teams to recover the body. The Sheriff’s Office responded to at least five drowning deaths in 2018.

Currents are swift in Snohomish County creeks and rivers and water temperatures are around 45 degrees.  Consider the following safety tips before exploring our county’s waterways:

  • Always wear a life jacket when you are on the water. Never go near moving water without one.
  • Beach logs, river banks and rocks near the shore are usually slippery. A fall can knock you unconscious and prevent you from being able to save yourself.
  • Consider bringing a whistle. If you are in trouble, it could help alert nearby people.
  • Keep kids within arm's reach. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under.
  • Don't dive in. Two-thirds of catastrophic neck injuries occur in open water and the sea.