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Pharmacist dies after falling 250 feet from overlook at Tallulah Gorge State Park in Georgia

Pharmacist, 58, plunges 250 feet to her death from an overlook at Tallulah Gorge State Park in Georgia

  • Nancy Moore Smith, 58, died at Tullulah Gorge State Park on Thursday 
  • Authorities said she fell 250 feet off of Overlook 2 
  • Investigators have yet to determine if it was an accident or a potential suicide
  • Unconfirmed reports claimed witnesses saw Smith climbing over the railing and talking to a park ranger moments before she fell 

A woman died after plummeting 250 feet from an overlook at a Georgia state park.   

Nancy Moore Smith, 58, of Blue Ridge, was visiting the Tullulah Gorge State Park on Thursday when she fell off Overlook 2, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GDNR). 

Game wardens and paramedics from two counties responded to the scene and found Smith’s body at the bottom of the gorge. 

The incident is still under investigation and officials have not yet determined whether it was an accident or a potential suicide. 

Unconfirmed reports claimed witnesses saw Smith climbing over the railing and talking to a park ranger moments before she fell. 

Nancy Moore Smith, 58, was visiting the Tullulah Gorge State Park in Georgia on Thursday when she fell 250 feet from an overlook to her death 

The overlook where Smith fell is shown above in a file photo

The overlook where Smith fell is shown above in a file photo

First responders from Habersham and Ruben counties rappelled into the gorge and used long lines to recover Smith’s body.  

Her death is being investigated by GDNR’s Law Enforcement Critical Incident Reconstruction Team. 

Investigators have been interviewing witnesses and Smith’s relatives to determine what happened.  

It wasn’t immediately clear if Smith was with anyone else at the time. DailyMail.com has reached out to the GDNR for comment. 

NowHabersham.com reported that Smith had climbed to the outside of the railing at the overlook and was talking to a ranger before she appeared to jump.   

GDNR spokesman Mark McKinnon refused to confirm or deny that report.  

‘Witness statements are part of the ongoing investigation,’ McKinnon told the New York Post. ‘If that is true, the investigation will show it.’

A Facebook page believed to belong to Smith was flooded with tributes over the weekend

A Facebook page believed to belong to Smith was flooded with tributes over the weekend

Tallulah Gorge (pictured) is nearly 1,000 feet deep and spans two miles inside the 2,739-acre state park by the same name

Tallulah Gorge (pictured) is nearly 1,000 feet deep and spans two miles inside the 2,739-acre state park by the same name

A Facebook page believed to belong to Smith was flooded with tributes over the weekend, with loved ones remembering her as a ‘beautiful soul’. 

The page featured numerous photos of Smith hiking around Georgia.  

Tallulah Gorge is nearly 1,000 feet deep and spans two miles inside the 2,739-acre state park by the same name.  

The park was made famous in 1970 when daredevil Karl Wallenda, founder of the Flying Wallendas, walked on a high-wire across the gorge.  

The tower Wallenda used during the stunt – which included two headstands – are still in place at the park.  

Game wardens and paramedics from two counties responded to the scene and found Smith's body at the bottom of the gorge

Game wardens and paramedics from two counties responded to the scene and found Smith’s body at the bottom of the gorge

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