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UPDATE: Giles Co. crews name woman who was found dead after falling 100 feet within cave


The Giles County Sheriff’s Office is releasing more information about a woman who authorities said was found dead after falling about 100 feet within a cave in the Staffordsvile Community outside of Pearisburg on Friday.

Investigators told 10 News that Giles County Sheriff’s Office deputies, the Pearisburg Fire Department and the Giles Rescue Squad received the initial report at about 4:15 p.m.

After arriving at the scene and entering the cave, rescue personnel found the deceased victim, who was later identified as 38-year-old Autumn Nicole Draper, of Fairlawn through DMV records.

We’re told the Celco Emergency Response team along with the Blacksburg Rescue Squad’s Technical Rescue Cave team assisted with the rescue efforts.

This incident remains an open investigation by the Giles County Sheriff’s office, and all rescue personnel cleared the scene of the incident just after 1 a.m. on Jan. 13.

We will continue to update this article as we learn more.


Giles County crews are working to rescue a woman who fell in a cave on Friday evening, according to the sheriff’s office.

Lt. Skip Vaughn, the 911 Dispatch Director, told 10 News that multiple crews were sent to the area along Sugar Run off Route 100.

Authorities said they are not sure if the cave is established as a tourist attraction or just a cave on the side of the mountain.

No other information about the situation was shared.

This article will be updated with more information once it becomes available.

Stay with 10 News as this story develops

Source: WSLS News 10

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