by Shannon Cay
NEWTON COUNTY, Ark. – Preliminary reports from officials with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office confirm a teen did die near Hawksbill Crag on Sunday morning.
The report states 19-year-old Jessamy Samuels, a student at the University of Arkansas from London, was hiking with a friend near the rockface, when she slipped and fell about 100 feet. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the report the area near the popular hiking trail was evacuated by Sunday afternoon as several crews with the Sheriff’s Office, including the Newton County Search and Rescue, Buffalo River Search and Rescue, U.S. Forestry Service, Mennonite Disaster Services, Tri-County Search and Rescue, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center, Harrison Fire Department, and the National Park Service assisted at the scene.