NORTH FORK – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a woman who died in a fall at Cascadel Falls on Wednesday.
In the afternoon hours of Oct. 17, two adult subjects, a male and female, went for a hike in the area of Cascadel Falls.
The female subject, later identified as 37-year-old Jamie Eischen of Fresno, reportedly crossed a creek to explore a cave she had observed on the other side.
After crossing the body of water, Jamie stepped onto a pile of debris near the edge of a cliff. The debris broke loose from the ground, causing her to lose her footing and slip. She fell approximately 50 feet, landing on a granite slab below, and then rolled into the water at the foot of the cliff, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Her male companion hiked down to the area where she fell, retrieved her from the water, and attempted CPR. When Jamie did not regain consciousness, he hiked back up to the top of the cliff to a residence in the area to call 911.
Cal Fire was the first to arrive on scene and firefighters performed life saving measures, but were unable to revive her. Jamie was pronounced deceased at the scene at approximately 5:20 pm.
The preliminary investigation suggests that the fall was an accident. Toxicology results are pending, and it is presently unknown if drugs or alcohol played a factor.
If anyone has information relating to this case, please contact the Madera County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 675-7770.