79-Year-Old Yelm Woman Identified as Body Found in Nisqually River Tuesday


A 79-year-old Yelm woman was identified Thursday by the Thurston County Coroner's Office as the body found earlier this week in the Nisqually River. 

The victim is Priscilla Taylor, a resident of the Nisqually Pines neighborhood, Coroner Gary Warnock said. The cause of death was determined to be freshwater drowning and blunt-force trauma to the head and chest. 

Her death is being investigated as an accident by the coroner's office and Thurston County Sheriff's Office after it's believed she lost her footing on the river embankment while trying to recover a dropped object.

No foul play is suspected, Thurston County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Cameron Simper said. 

The incident occurred near Taylor's home on the 8400 block of Sumac Court SE. 

The woman’s family last saw her on Sunday, and they were having trouble getting ahold of her on Tuesday when they drove to her home. 

“She was not home and there was some indication that she might have fallen down an embankment into the river,” Simper said. 

Dispatch received a call from the family around 2 p.m. on Tuesday. 

“Deputies arrived shortly after the call and it was almost immediately that they requested a dive team … they were able to see her, but weren’t able to get to her,” Simper said. 

Thurston County dive teams, once on scene, were able to recover her body without any issue.


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