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Wisconsin surgeon, 26, found dead on hiking trail near waterfall with 90ft drop

Wisconsin surgeon, 26, is found dead on a hiking trail near a waterfall with a 90ft fall a week after his family last heard from her

  • Kelsey Musgrove, 26, was reported missing after hiking last month
  • She told her family she reached Potato River Falls in Wisconsin on March 26, according to Iron County Sheriffs.
  • Four days later, on March 30, police in her hometown asked the county to search for her.
  • Authorities found Musgrove’s car in the Potato River Falls parking lot and found his body near the 90ft waterfall on April 3, they said in a news release.
  • The sheriff’s office said it did not suspect foul play – but has yet to say the reason for his death
  • She was a cardiothoracic surgery fellow at the University of Wisconsin and is fondly remembered by her friends and colleagues.

A Wisconsin surgeon and hiker has been found dead on a local trail in the state at least a week after he last contacted his family – his body ending up near a waterfall with a steep 90ft drop.

Kelsey Musgrove, 26, told her family she reached Potato River Falls in the town of Gurney on March 26, according to Iron County Sheriffs.

Four days later, on March 30, police in his hometown of Middletown asked the county to search for the University of Wisconsin cardiothoracic surgery fellow.

Authorities found Musgrove’s car in the Potato River Falls parking lot and recovered his body near a 90-foot waterfall on April 3, they said in a news release.

The sheriff’s office said it did not suspect foul play in connection with his death – but has not yet given a reason.

Wisconsin surgeon and hiker Kelsey Musgrove was found dead on a trail a week after she last contacted her family

Musgrove, 26, had told her family that she reached Potato River Falls (pictured) in the town of Gurney on March 26, according to Iron County Sheriffs.

Musgrove, 26, had told her family that she reached Potato River Falls (pictured) in the town of Gurney on March 26, according to Iron County Sheriffs.

Musgrave, who often posted about her outdoor exploits on social media, was found dead a week later

Musgrave, who often posted about her outdoor exploits on social media, was found dead a week later

The sheriff's office has not suspected foul play but has not yet given a reason for Musgroves' death.

The sheriff’s office has not suspected foul play but has not yet given a reason for Musgroves’ death.

“All directions to the scene and information from family and friends lead us to believe that she had gone hiking along the Potato River and had not returned to her vehicle,” they wrote.

“We would like to express our sincere condolences to Kelsey’s family,” police added.

UW Health, where Musgrove did his fellowship, released its own statement mourning his death.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague, Dr. Kelsey Musgrove,” spokeswoman Emily Kumlien said. “She has been recognized by her peers as a great surgeon, an exceptional mentor and an incredibly kind and positive spirit. Our thoughts and condolences go out to her friends and family during this difficult time.

Sara Margaret Grossi, Musgrove’s frequent travel companion and close friend, also posted her grief on her Facebook page.

“I could always cheer him up, no matter how big the problem was with the pistachio ice cream. I can’t fix it with a few balls this time but I can continue to love her even though she’s no longer here to lie under the stars with me and guess the constellations. We’ll meet again someday in those stars and we’ll wink awkwardly and laugh.

A fellow doctor from UW Health remembered her in another Facebook post.

Message from a good friend of Kelsey Musgrove, Sara Margaret Grossi, someone she often traveled with

Message from a good friend of Kelsey Musgrove, Sara Margaret Grossi, someone she often traveled with

UW Health doctors also remembered Musgrove as a caring person and a beloved colleague.

UW Health doctors also remembered Musgrove as a caring person and a beloved colleague.

“She was well on her way to becoming a great surgeon,” a Musgrove colleague wrote.

Statement and photo from the Iron County, WI Sheriff's Office on the disappearance and death of Kelsey Musgrove

Statement and photo from the Iron County, WI Sheriff’s Office on the disappearance and death of Kelsey Musgrove

“Kelsey Musgrove was one of the kindest, most supportive residents I have had the privilege of working with and she was well on her way to becoming a great surgeon,” Aaron Zachary wrote. “She left way too soon and had so much more life to live. May we all remember the kindness she showed us and strive to be great and kind as she was.

Jad Sattar added: “I love you Kelsey. Always and forever. Until we meet again.

Musgroves often posted herself on hiking trails and outdoors on her Facebook and Twitter accounts. She was also a supporter of Black Lives Matter and recently posted about fundraising for MS research.

Jad Sattar wrote: 'I love you Kelsey.  Forever and ever.  Till we Meet Again'

Jad Sattar wrote: ‘I love you Kelsey. Forever and ever. Till we Meet Again’

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