A hiking outing among five friends Thursday night turned deadly when an 18-year-old Spokane woman fell to her death.
Lois Ordway-Fleck died of a skull fracture, the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s office reported Friday afternoon.
Ordway-Fleck was with four others between the ages of 18 and 22 who went to the Painted Rocks within the Little Spokane River Natural Area, north of Spokane, around 7:15 p.m., said Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Craig Chamberlin, a spokesman.
Ordway-Fleck had gone off the trail with another woman and they were trying to ascend a steep rocky area when Ordway-Fleck fell 300 feet, Chamberlin said. Spokane County Fire District 9 rescue personnel were called to the scene and first had to rescue the other woman who was so traumatized she would not move from the rock, Chamberlin said. That woman was rescued about 9:25 p.m.
Ordway-Fleck’s body was recovered around 10:30 p.m., Chamberlin said.
Chamberlin said the death is not suspicious and authorities don’t believe alcohol or drugs were involved.