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Mounties trying to identify woman who fell to her death at Stawamus Chief

In a file photo, Len Noel, visiting B.C. from Bracebridge, Ont., stops along Highway 99 in Squamish to take a photograph of the Stawamus Chief on Monday, August 2, 2010.

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Mounties in Squamish, B.C., are investigating after a woman fell to her death at the Stawamus Chief over the holiday long weekend.

A hiker called 911 at about 5:30 p.m. on Sunday after witnessing the woman fall a substantial distance from the first peak of the popular hiking trail, Sgt. Wayne Pride said. Officers attended and found her dead. Her body was airlifted out on Sunday night.

It is not yet known what caused the fall, but there is no evidence to suggest the woman met with foul play, Sgt. Pride said.

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As of late Monday afternoon, investigators were still checking parked vehicles and interviewing potential witnesses in efforts to identify the woman. She is described as Caucasian, in her mid- to late-30s, with dark, curly, shoulder-length hair. She wore a blue sports bra or T-shirt and green khaki-style shorts with pockets on the sides, Sgt. Pride said.

The woman did not have on her person a cell phone or any identification, possibly because they may have dislodged during the fall. Further, she does not match any missing persons reports.

"We're asking that if anyone has friends or family who like to hike the area, and they haven't heard from, to definitely give us a call," Sgt. Pride said.

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