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Chinese woman found dead in Yosemite National Park in the US

Tourist believed to have drowned in the California park, Chinese state media reports

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 August, 2017, 11:21am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 August, 2017, 10:46pm

The US authorities have confirmed that a woman found dead at Yosemite National Park in California was from China.

An investigation is underway into the cause of her death.

Park spokesman Scott Gediman said the woman had been identified as 27-year-old Wang Chaocui, the Associated Press reported.

She was apparently touring the area alone.

An official from the Chinese consulate general in San Francisco told the state-run news agency Xinhua that it was notified late last week about the death of the woman.

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Information provided by the park suggested the cause of the death may be drowning, Xinhua said.

Yosemite National Park spokeswoman Jamie Richards was quoted as saying that the authorities do not deem the death suspicious.

She said it was normal procedure to investigate any injury or death in the park.

Richards said the results of the investigation are expected to be released next week.

The Chinese consulate official said family members of woman had arrived in the United States and were in contact with the authorities.

The body of a Japanese tourist was found earlier this month in a river in Kings Canyon National Park in California.

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The remains of 32-year-old Rika Morita were discovered on July 23 submerged in the south fork of the Kings River.

Run-off from a record winter snowfall in the Sierra Nevada has swollen rivers, making them swift and treacherous.

The Yosemite park covers an area of more than 3,000 square kilometres and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.