UPDATE: Name released in fatal hiking accident
Authorities say Chloe Conn is the name of the 14-year-old Detroit Lakes girl who died Wednesday afternoon while hiking on a trail on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. Chloe, who was with her family on vacation, had just finished the eighth grade at Detroit Lakes Middle School. The school district sent out a message Thursday, stating, "Chloe’s mother, Stacy Conn, is a nursing assistant at Detroit Lakes Middle School. Chloe’s brother Christian will be a Senior at Detroit Lakes High School next fall. Chloe was a true Laker as she was an excellent student and beloved by all who knew her. Middle School counselors and staff are available as students, staff, and the community become aware of Chloe’s passing. During this tragic time, we ask that you please keep the Conn family in your thoughts and prayers."
The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office said she fell 50 feet around 12:05 p.m. during a hike on the Vikingsholm Trail and suffered major injuries.
An off-duty law enforcement officer, who was also hiking in the area, began CPR on Chloe before first responders arrived. Sheriff's deputies, California Highway Patrol, California State Parks, Cal-Star, Lake Valley Fire and South Lake Tahoe responded to the scene.
"Extensive" life-saving measures were performed on the girl at the trail, the sheriff's office said. She was then taken to a nearby hospital, where she later died.
Lake Tahoe is a large lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, straddling the border of California and Nevada.
The Vikingsholm Trail goes from a parking lot off Highway 89 at Emerald Bay down a steep one-mile trail that drops 500 feet in elevation to a Scandinavian-style home built in 1929 and known as Vikingsholm, according to the state parks website.
The sheriff's office is calling this an accidental death.