COEUR D'ALENE -- Authorities in northern Idaho say a woman walking with her children in a marshy area fell into a hole caused by animals and became stuck and died.
Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger says a deputy with a backcountry unit responded after hearing calls for help at about 2 p.m. Saturday and was flagged down by a camper who said the woman was stuck in a hole by a creek.
Kootenai County Fire and Rescue as well as U.S. Forest Service personnel responded but attempts to remove the woman failed and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body was eventually extricated.
Wolfinger says the death appears to be a tragic accident with no signs of foul play. Alcohol was not a factor.
The woman's name hasn't been released.