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Woman who drowned at Glacier National Park identified

Authorities report that Gillian Tones died Sunday after slipping and wet rocks and falling into Virginia Creek
Glacier National Park is closed to all visitors until further notice
Posted at 11:18 AM, Jun 26, 2024

WEST GLACIER — Officials have released the name of a woman who drowned near St. Mary Falls on the east side of Glacier National Park on Sunday, June 23.

26-year-old Gillian Tones from North Apollo, Pennsylvania died after witnesses say she slipped on wet rocks and fell into Virginia Creek between St. Mary and Virginia Falls.

According to a news release, Tones was caught up in the cold and fast-moving water, went over a series of smaller waterfalls, and then was pinned underwater by a log for several minutes before bystanders were able to pull her from the water.

Tones never regained consciousness despite extensive efforts to revive her and was pronounced dead at approximately 7 p.m.

“The park extends their deepest condolences to family and friends of Tones and asks that the public respect their privacy,” the release states.