“She had a huge heart and a glowing smile that everyone loved,” said Nancy Sampson's husband
A woman has died after falling more than 100 feet from a cliff in North Carolina, according to local authorities.
Crews responded to the scene at Blue Ridge Parkway at about noon local time on Saturday, according to a statement from the Reems Creek Fire Department.
The hiker fell near Glassmine Falls at Mount Mitchell State Park, requiring crews to rappel “over 100 feet down” to them, authorities said.
The victim had succumbed to her injuries before crews were able to reach her, the RCFD and National Park Service said. The NPS identified the victim as 61-year-old Nancy Sampson of Greer, South Carolina.
First responders with the RCFD recovered Sampson’s body from the scene, according to the park service. Her body was found “approximately 150 feet below the overlook."
Authorities have not released additional information at this time.
“My heart is broken,” Sampson’s husband, Robert Sampson, told The Guardian. “I will miss her smile and kind heart.”
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Sampson’s husband said his wife worked part-time at an Ingles market, having retired as a human resources director.
“She was eagerly waiting for me to retire,” he told the outlet. “She had a huge heart and a glowing smile that everyone loved.”
Glassmine Falls Overlook is described by the NPS as “a tall, skinny waterfall that can be seen in the distance across the valley from the overlook.” A mica mine is located at the base of the waterfall, as well.
Members of the public cannot access the waterfall, as it is on land privately owned under the Asheville watershed, according to the park service.
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