Merritt woman dies after falling into ditch on forest service road

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MERRITT -  A woman who died after being found in medical distress nearly 12 hours after the vehicle she was in got stuck on a forest service road has been identified.

Mildred Jeannette Mitchell, 83, of Merritt, was found by RCMP around 2:30 a.m. on March 15 on the Maka Murray Forest Service Road about 20 kilometres south of Merritt.

Mitchell and a friend had been driving on the road around 3 p.m. when their vehicle became stuck in mud. Mitchell fell while the two attempted to walk for help and ended up at the bottom of a ditch.

When the pair was found temperatures had dropped to near-freezing and Mitchell was in medical distress. She was rushed to hospital in Merritt, but died on the way.

The B.C. Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate.

Earlier this month the body of an elderly Enderby woman, who had dementia, was located along a back road in the Salmon Lake area near Merritt.

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Maka Murray Forest Service Road.
Maka Murray Forest Service Road.
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