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Tuolumne County authorities hope to soon recover the body of a Chico woman who they say drowned in the Tuolumne River near Yosemite National Park over the weekend.

Tuolumne County Sheriff´s Lt. John Steely said the ground search for 21-year-old Casey Jackson has been called off. “We´re assuming at this time that she has drowned and is in the water, since we´ve eliminated any places she could have walked out of,” Steely said.

Searchers believe the body was pulled under the water beneath the falls near Camp Tawonga, where Jackson worked as a counselor. “Within the next ten days, we´re going to be sending in a whitewater diving team that can dive to certain areas that are too dangerous to dive at this time,” Steely said.

“She was looking at the rainbow from the water coming off the falls, when she slipped and fell approximately 20 to 30 feet,” Steely said.