POLITICS

Quebec woman drowns while hiking in New York's Adirondacks

06/02/2015 10:25 EDT | Updated 06/02/2016 05:59 EDT
KEENE, N.Y. - U.S. authorities say they've recovered the body of a Canadian woman who drowned after falling into a rain-swollen stream while hiking in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks.

New York State Police say they were notified Sunday by the state Department of Environmental Conservation that 34-year-old Julie Belanger of Montreal was missing.

Troopers say she and a female hiking companion were hiking near Mount Marcy on Saturday evening when Belanger fell off a log over Feldspar Brook in the town of Keene.

Police say the strong current caused by heavy rain swept Belanger downstream before the friend could rescue her.

A DEC interior caretaker found Belanger's body Sunday.

A state police helicopter was used to remove her body. Police say an autopsy conducted at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake determined Belanger had drowned.