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Palouse Falls reopened Tuesday morning after recent drowning death

FILE – Palouse Falls drops into a deep gorge in rural Adams County Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The remote scenic spot is a state park and popular stop for tourists, geologists and others interested in geographical features. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Palouse Falls State Park reopened Tuesday morning after being closed for several days.

Park officials fenced off the front entrance Thursday afternoon after 26-year-old Noble Stoneman fell over 100 feet from a cliff above the falls and into the water. A body, believed to be Stoneman’s, was recovered Monday morning beneath the falls.

Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel said an autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday morning.

The former Washington State University student’s death was the second this year, and the third since Memorial Day Weekend last year.

On April 21, 23-year-old Issac Engell died after he was sucked underneath the falls while swimming with his friends.

Last year on May 29, 25-year-old Cade Prophet died after he slipped and fell from a cliff and into the river just above the falls.