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Friday, January 7, 2022

Woman dies after falling into Warsaw Falls behind Village Park

A new resident of Warsaw died after she apparently fell into the gorge behind Warsaw Village Park, prompting a large-scale recovery operation Wednesday afternoon.

Village Police Chief Peter Hoffmeister said emergency dispatchers received a call asking that his department check the welfare of a village resident. That call came in about 11:30 Wednesday morning.

“We went to her home and no one was there,” he said. “The sergeant and I realized that her vehicle was parked at the Village Park the night before and it was odd that it had been there overnight.”

The two followed prints in the snow from the car leading up the sledding hill and onto a path that leads to the waterfalls.

“There were no tracks coming back down,” he said. “We went up the path to the top of the falls and we could tell something had happened.”

It appeared the woman had fallen into the ravine and into the water, about a 125-foot drop. The two searched the woods and the immediate area as emergency crews arrived.

The Wyoming County Rope Rescue Team, which includes volun-teers from Attica, Bennington, Cowlesville, Sheldon, Wyoming and Perry fire departments, along with Warsaw fire and EMS crews, searched the area on foot and using drones and were able to locate the woman’s body in the water below the falls.

The body was removed after more than four hours. Hoffmeister said the family did not want to release her name. He said the 24-year-old had moved to Warsaw about three months ago for a job. He said there were no signs of foul play and it appeared to be an accident.

Wyoming County Emergency Services, Sheriff’s Department and state police also assisted at the scene.

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