Woman Dies After 100-Foot Fall Inside Cave

Rescuers located the victim and extricated her body from the cave in Virginia, which is home to more than 4,000 caves

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A woman died on Friday after falling roughly 100 feet inside a cave near Pearisburg, Virginia.

The victim fell shortly after 4 p.m. within a Staffordsville community cave, according to a news release from Giles County Emergency Services. She has been identified by DMV records as 38-year-old Autumn Nicole Draper of Fairlawn, Virginia, according to Giles County Emergency Services Coordinator Jon Butler, per CNN, WDBJ 7 and WFXR.

Local authorities and rescuers located the deceased woman upon entering the cave, and eventually extricated her body.

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They cleared the scene in Staffordsville, which is located about eight miles south of Pearisburg, at around 1 a.m. on Saturday.

Virginia is home to more than 4,000 caves and, according to a Virginia Department of Energy brochure, the caves are used by humans for “shelter, religious purposes, moonshine production, mining of saltpetre, groundwater, scientific and educational research, recreation, and as commercial attractions.”

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It is unknown what Draper was doing in the cave.

PEOPLE reached out to the emergency management coordinator at Giles County Emergency Services for more information about the incident.

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The Giles County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the incident after the rescue, which was aided by the Pearisburg Fire Department, the Giles Lifesaving & Rescue Squad, Celco’s emergency response team and the Blacksburg Rescue Squad.

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