Woman dies at Squaw Creek after fall
A 23-year-old Truckee woman was found dead in Squaw Creek Saturday night after her fiance reported her missing that morning.Eva Ann Nixon apparently fell down a steep embankment into the creek the night before, according to a press release issued by the Placer County Sheriff Edward N. Bonner on April 4.She became missing from her fiance after a dinner in Squaw Valley at approximately 8 p.m. Friday night, April 2.Officers and security personnel searched the area she was last seen with no result, the report said.Nixon’s fiance reported her officially missing the next morning and filed a missing person’s report with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office in Tahoe City. A search was initiated by the sheriff’s office after learning Nixon never showed up for work Saturday at High Camp Food & Beverage.Search dogs called in”Five search dogs from throughout northern California were called in to search an area one-half to one square miles.A dog handler team located Nixon deceased in Squaw Creek about a quarter mile from where she had last been seen,” said the report.Squaw Creek runs underneath the tram and through the parking lot at the resort.According to PCSO officials, Nixon’s body was found in the creek bed near the southeast corner of the parking lot.Nixon had apparently climbed up a 10-foot snowbank and fell over the other side, falling about 50 feet straight down into the creek.Joe Aguera, owner of Truckee-Tahoe Mortuary, was called to the site after the body was found.He said the bank was very steep.Steep pitchAccording to the report, the steepness of the bank and about six inches of fresh snow made sighting her and recovering her difficult.Fire crews assisted in lowering deputies down to the creek and processing the scene.The exact cause of death is unknown at this time, according to the report, and Aguera said the cause of death may not be known for six to eight weeks.Nothing suspicious”At this time there are no suspicious circumstances leading this office to believe this was anything other than an accidental death,” said Bonner in the release.A coroner’s investigation has been initiated and an autopsy will be performed, which is standard in these types of cases.PCSO officials said Wednesday they could give no further information to the case and that it was still under investigation.
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