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Woman's death in Glacier park ruled an accident

By The Associated Press
Published On: Mar 19 2013 04:33:22 PM MDT
Updated On: Mar 19 2013 05:36:15 PM MDT
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Glacier National Park officials say drowning has been ruled as the cause of death for a 28-year-old Kalispell woman whose body was found near the head of Lake McDonald.

Park officials said Tuesday that the death of Amy Marie Redding was accidental.

Reddig was reported missing Thursday. Her car was found parked at Lake McDonald Lodge and officials in a Flathead Emergency Aviation Resources helicopter spotted her body that afternoon at the head of Lake McDonald.

The water temperature in the lake was 36 degrees at the time.

Park officials say the Flathead County Coroner's Office cited hypothermia and schizophrenia as contributing factors in Reddig's death.

Officials say drowning is the number one cause of death in the park.

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The following is a press release from Glacier National Park:

The death of 28-year old Amy Marie Reddig of Kalispell, whose body was recovered near the head of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park on Thursday, March 14, was determined to be accidental.  According to the Flathead County Coronor’s Office, Reddig’s cause of death was drowning, with contributing factors of hypothermia and schizophrenia.  

Acting Glacier National Park Superintendent Kym Hall said, “We send our sympathy to the Reddig Family, and our appreciation to our partners that provided professional and timely assistance during the incident.”  

Park dispatch received a missing person report on Reddig from Flathead County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 10:15 a.m. Thursday, March 14.   Park rangers found Reddig’s vehicle in the parking lot of Lake McDonald Lodge at approximately 11:45 a.m. and a search was initiated in the surrounding area.  

Personnel from Flathead National Forest, Flathead County Sheriff’s Office, Flathead Search and Rescue, North Valley Search and Rescue, and Flathead Emergency Aviation Resources (FEAR) assisted Glacier National Park Rangers and employees in the search.  

At approximately 3 p.m. on March 14, personnel in the FEAR helicopter found a body at the head of Lake McDonald, near the inlet of McDonald Creek.  The Flathead County Coroner was transported to the scene and identified the body as that of Reddig.  

Lake McDonald is the largest lake in Glacier National Park at approximately 10 miles long and 1.5 miles wide.  The lake reaches depths of more than 470 feet.  McDonald Creek, the longest stream in the park, originates near the Continental Divide in the heart of the park and enters Lake McDonald on the upper northeast side.   Lower McDonald Creek exits Lake McDonald at Apgar and continues to the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.  The water temperature was approximately 36 degrees when Reddig’s body was recovered.  

Drowning is the number one cause of death in the park.  Visitors are reminded to use caution and care around water.