On Thursday, a 14-year-old girl who fell to her death while hiking with her family on Wednesday afternoon in South Lake Tahoe, California, was identified by the El Dorado County Sheriff-Coroner’s office. The teenager, Chloe Conn, of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, died after she slipped and fell 50 feet. She was transported by ambulance to Barton Memorial Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries and died.
According to the Sacramento Bee, while Conn was hiking with her family in Emerald Bay in South Lake Tahoe on Wednesday afternoon, close to the Vikingsholm Trail, she slipped and fell “from a rocky outcropping.” At around 12:06 p.m. on Wednesday, a report came into the sheriff’s office about the accident.
The Houston Chronicle reported that before emergency crews arrived, a law enforcement officer in the area who was off-duty performed CPR on the teenager. A press release by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office described the life saving efforts performed to try to save Conn’s life as “extensive.” The teen’s identity was not initially revealed.
An official with the sheriff’s department, deputy Damian Frisby, said that when Conn slipped and fell, sustaining injuries that led to her death, she was with three of her family members, her father, mother and older brother, who is 17 years old.
She was on vacation with her family in South Lake Tahoe, California, when the accident occurred. According to the newspaper, Frisby said the teen girl got into an area near the Vikingsholm Trail “that gradually steepened.” He stated that the area where Conn was “became almost vertical.” Conn apparently “lost her footing,” Frisby said, causing her to fall.
When Conn fell 50 feet down the rocky outcropping and was seriously injured, she was just “75 yards from a parking lot along Highway 89.” She and her family were likely headed to Emerald Bay’s shore, at the end of a trail described as being “safe” and “wide,” so that they could go on a tour of “a stone-and-timber mansion” called Vikingsholm.
The mansion was constructed in 1929 by Josephine Knight. She said that Emerald Bay inspired her because it was similar to ” a Scandinavian fjord.” Tourists like Conn sometimes leave the main trail, wanting to get a better view. They head to the boulder outcropping and gaze down, to see what Emerald Bay looks like from above.
Deputy Frisby said that sometimes people get stuck in the area where the teen girl fell and they have to be rescued. He stated that “in the past couple of years,” the police have had to perform four rescues in the area.
Principal Mike Suckert said that Conn had attended Detroit Lakes Middle School and had “just completed eighth grade.” In the fall, she had planned “to attend Detroit Lakes High School.” Suckert called her “friendly,” and bubbly,” adding that she was a “well-liked kid,” and an “outstanding young lady.”
Deputy Frisby said that people need to be careful while walking on slippery trails in “the high country,” like areas of South Lake Tahoe. He stated that snowfall and waterfalls can contribute to the trails being slippery. He added that the police “will be happy to respond and help” if they are needed in rescue situations.
The El Dorado County Coroner revealed the identity on Thursday of a 14-year-old teen who fell from a rocky outcropping in South Lake Tahoe, California, while on a vacation with her family. They were there to tour Emerald Bay and check out a mansion called Vikingsholm, inspired by the fjords of Scandanavia. Conn apparently wanted to get a scenic view of Emerald Bay from above it, by going off the main trail and heading to a rocky outcropping overlooking Emerald Bay. However, the area where the outcropping was, was steep, and perhaps slippery, contributing to the teenager’s fall and injuries that led to her death.
By John Samuels