College Student Dies


The entrance to the Ozark National Forest.

Kathryn Dykes

A college student from Briar Cliff University was at Ozark National Forest when, according to officials, the trip turned deadly.

Newtown County Sheriffs say Andrea Norton was visiting the popular attraction, along with a professor and some of her peers, when the 20-year-old was apparently moving from one part of the cliff to another to reposition herself for a photo. She then slipped and fell nearly 100 feet; it took almost 5 hours to recover her body.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office in a statement said nearly thousands of people visit there every year but “this is a reminder that visitors need to be extremely careful.” Officials say that she is the second person to have died at the national park this year.