Wisconsin doctor, 26, died on hiking trail when ground collapsed beneath her, cops reveal

The 26-year-old Wisconsin surgeon and hiker died over the weekend after the ground beneath her collapsed on a local trail overlooking a 90-foot waterfallsay the cops.

Kelsey Musgrove’s body was found by Iron County lawmen on April 3 after a four-day search of the area near Potato River Falls in Gurney, a small upstate town near the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The discovery came a week after the doctor, a cardiothoracic surgery fellow at the University of Wisconsin, embarked on a solo hike in the area, which includes trails and a towering waterfall, surrounded by steep clay benches.

Cops late Wednesday night said Musgrove, who told her family she reached the falls on March 26, died after walking away from a viewing area overlooking the waterfall to take a closer look at the river.

“Walking along the edge of the embankment, it looks like the ground beneath her has crumbled, causing her to come down the bank with clay and boulders,” Iron County Sheriff Paul Samardich said. , during a press conference.

He said Musgrove’s body was found by deputies partially buried in the clay fill. The autopsy revealed that Musgrove suffered traumatic injuries and died minutes after the fall, Samardich said.

It was not immediately clear how far she had fallen.

Wisconsin surgeon and hiker Kelsey Musgrove died after venturing out of a viewing area overlooking a 90-foot waterfall over the weekend after clay embankment collapsed beneath her, cops said Wednesday night.

Musgrove, who told her family she had reached the falls on March 26, met her tragic end after walking away from a viewing area overlooking the waterfall to take a closer look at the river, the authorities said. cops.

Musgrove, who told her family she had reached the falls on March 26, met her tragic end after walking away from a viewing area overlooking the waterfall to take a closer look at the river, the authorities said. cops.

Musgrove went hiking on March 26 and called her parents to tell them she had arrived at the falls safely.

However, four days later, on March 30, having heard nothing from their daughter, the couple reported her missing, notifying police in her hometown of Middletown.

Middletown cops asked Iron County lawmen to search for the aspiring surgeon.

Authorities will eventually find Musgrove’s car in the Falls parking lot, along with his body, on April 3, they said in a news release.

The sheriff’s office said at the time that they did not suspect foul play.

Musgrove, a cardiothoracic surgery fellow at the University of Wisconsin, set out on his own to hike the area, which features an abundance of trails and a towering waterfall, surrounded by steep clay benches.

Musgrove, a cardiothoracic surgery fellow at the University of Wisconsin, set out on his own to hike the area, which features an abundance of trails and a towering waterfall, surrounded by steep clay benches.

Musgrove, 26, had told her family she reached Potato River Falls (pictured) in the town of Gurney on March 26, according to the Iron County Sheriff

Musgrove, 26, had told her family she reached Potato River Falls (pictured) in the town of Gurney on March 26, according to the Iron County Sheriff

Musgrove, who often posted about her outdoor exploits on social media, was found dead a week later

Musgrove, who often posted about her outdoor exploits on social media, was found dead a week later

The sheriff's office has not suspected foul play but has not yet given a reason for Musgrove's death.

The sheriff’s office has not suspected foul play but has not yet given a reason for Musgrove’s death.

“All directions to the scene and information from family and friends lead us to believe that she had gone hiking along the Potato River and had not returned to her vehicle,” they wrote.

“We would like to express our sincere condolences to Kelsey’s family,” police added.

UW Health, where Musgrove did his fellowship, released its own statement mourning his death.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague, Dr. Kelsey Musgrove,” spokeswoman Emily Kumlien said. “She has been recognized by her peers as an excellent surgeon, an exceptional mentor and an incredibly kind and positive spirit. Our thoughts and condolences go out to her friends and family during this difficult time.

Sara Margaret Grossi, Musgrove’s frequent travel companion and close friend, also posted her grief on her Facebook page.

“I could always cheer him up, no matter how big the problem was with the pistachio ice cream. I can’t fix it with a few balls this time but I can continue to love her even though she’s no longer here to lie under the stars with me and guess the constellations. We’ll meet again someday in those stars and we’ll wink awkwardly and laugh.

A fellow UW Health physician remembered her in another Facebook post.

Message from a good friend of Kelsey Musgrove, Sara Margaret Grossi, someone she often traveled with

Message from a good friend of Kelsey Musgrove, Sara Margaret Grossi, someone she often traveled with

UW Health doctors also remembered Musgrove as a caring person and a beloved colleague.

UW Health doctors also remembered Musgrove as a caring person and a beloved colleague.

“She was well on her way to becoming a great surgeon,” a Musgrove colleague wrote.

Statement and photo from the Iron County, WI Sheriff's Office on the disappearance and death of Kelsey Musgrove

Statement and photo from the Iron County, WI Sheriff’s Office on the disappearance and death of Kelsey Musgrove

“Kelsey Musgrove was one of the kindest, most positive residents I have had the privilege of working with and she was well on her way to becoming a great surgeon,” Aaron Zachary wrote. “She left way too soon and had so much more life to live. May we all remember the kindness she showed us and strive to be great and kind as she was.

Jad Sattar added: “I love you, Kelsey. Always and forever. Until we meet again.

Musgrove often posted herself on hiking trails and outdoors on her Facebook and Twitter accounts. She was also a supporter of Black Lives Matter and recently posted about fundraising for MS research.

Jad Sattar wrote: 'I love you Kelsey.  Forever and ever.  Till we Meet Again'

Jad Sattar wrote: ‘I love you Kelsey. Forever and ever. Till we Meet Again’

Following Musgrove’s tragic death, Samardich issued a warning to other solo hikers about the danger of straying off park-approved trails and onto clay embankments.

“Clay benches are still unstable and mined in areas not visible from above,” Samardich told attendees.

‘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.

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