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Jan 26, 2015 11:49 AM

Woman who died at falls in Mont Vernon identified


LYNDEBOROUGH - A woman who died after falling into frigid waters at Purgatory Falls on Sunday has been identified.

Dorie Goldman, 50 of Amherst, Mass., was pronounced dead at the scene.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said Goldman was hiking with a companion Sunday afternoon around 1 p.m.

Officials said she was prepared for the weather, and was wearing ice cleats - typically worn to improve traction on slippery surfaces.

Officials said the area around the falls is very steep, rocky and covered in icy surfaces.

Purgatory Falls, known locally as Upper Falls along Purgatory Brook, used to be a popular summer location for picnics and gatherings, but those who live nearby say it's become too dangerous for many parts of the year and not suitable to swim.

The trail has been closed until further notice.

The Mont Vernon Police Department and Fish and Game continue to investigate.

An autopsy will be conducted by the Medical Examiner's office to determine Goldman's cause of death.

Anyone with information can contact Sgt. Aaron Daigneault of the Mont Vernon Police Department at 603-673-5610 or Conservation Officer Delayne Brown at 603-352-4022.


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