Pahaska Teepee Employee Drowns in Shoshone River
Written by jordanmckamey on July 8, 2019
A Pahaska Teepee employee from New Hampshire died of an apparent drowning in the North Fork of the Shoshone River Wednesday.
56 year old Susan C. Hartley was found Wednesday afternoon, July 3rd by fellow employees from the resort. She was in the Shoshone River approximately a half mile downstream from Pahaska.
Hartley was last seen at the resort on Tuesday, July 2nd at 3:00 p.m. When she didn’t report for work at 7:00 a.m. on July 3rd, fellow employees began searching for her. They eventually found her backpack and walking stick underneath the Highway 14-16-20 West bridge that crosses the Shoshone River just east of Pahaska. Because of the circumstances, the Park County Sheriff’s Office activated the Search and Rescue team.
However, before the rescue crew could reach the scene, workers from Pahaska discovered Hartley’s body in the river directly across from the Pahaska Trailhead.
According to the Park County Sheriff’s Office, the Shoshone River was swollen and moving rapidly from the spring runoff. Although the exact cause of death is pending an autopsy, there were no apparent signs of foul play and the coroner has preliminarily ruled the incident as a drowning.