North Idaho

North Idaho woman falls in hole, dies

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Authorities in northern Idaho say a woman walking with her children in a marshy area fell into a hole caused by animals and became stuck and died.

Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger says a deputy with a back country unit responded after hearing calls for help at about 2 p.m. Saturday and was flagged down by a camper who said the woman was stuck in a hole by a creek.

Kootenai County Fire and Rescue as well as U.S. Forest Service personnel responded but attempts to remove the woman failed and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body was eventually extricated.

Wolfinger says the death appears to be a tragic accident with no signs of foul play. Alcohol was not a factor.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim as 39-year-old Dixie A. Farman of Newman Lake. Cause of death is still unknown and an autopsy is scheduled.