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Woman dies after falling off Maui waterfall

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 9:25 a.m. HST, Jan 2, 2012

A Missouri woman died New Year's Day after falling about 25 feet off a waterfall along a hiking trail in north Maui.

Maui police identified the woman as Susan E. Stephens, 46, of Chesterville, Missouri.

Officers spoke to witnesses who saw Stephens fall about 25 to 30 feet off the waterfall and land on rocks

in the pond below, police said. Police classified the fall as a miscellaneous accident and said foul play is not suspected.

Police and firefighters responded to reports of the fall in an area called Bamboo Forest Trail at 1:13 p.m. Sunday. The waterfall is about 2 miles off Hana Highway, between the road's 6th and 7th mile markers.

Firefighters transported Stephens by helicopter to a landing zone where paramedics were waiting.

Police said Stephens, who had massive head injuries, died before being taken to the hospital.

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