UPDATE: Search continues for Wisconsin woman who fell into Black River at Rainbow Falls


UPDATE 7/13/20: An updated press release from the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office Monday morning gives further details of the investigation.

On the evening of Saturday, July 11, 22-year-old Stephanie Narvaez and a companion, 22-year-old Karl Nelson of Milwaukee, Wisc., were hiking the area of Rainbow Falls.

Narvaez attempted to cross the Black River above the waterfall, lost her footing, and slipped into the river where she was carried over the falls.

Nelson attempted to rescue her.

Michigan State Police Dive Team was unsuccessful in locating the victim after conducting underwater searches in and around the falls late into Sunday evening. Those efforts were severely hampered by the dangerous currents and treacherous underwater terrain.

Gogebic County Deputies and Search and Rescue Team members remained on scene Monday morning as they continue the search for Ms. Narvaez.


IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJMN) – The search continues for a 22-year-old woman from Watertown, Wis. after she fell into the Black River at Rainbow Falls over the weekend.

As of Sunday, Sheriff of Gogebic County’s Search and Rescue have been unsuccessful in locating her. Deputies and the Search and Rescue team were on scene throughout Saturday night and continued their efforts Sunday.

Michigan State Police Dive Team were called to assist on Sunday morning.

Sheriff of Gogebic County’s Office stated Monday morning that there are currently no updates on the search. Local 3 will update this story as soon as more details become available.

The Rainbow Falls area is closed to the public until further notice.

Gogebic County’s Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Michigan State Police Wakefield Post, Gogebic County Search and Rescue, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Beacon Ambulance, and Gogebic County Victim Services.

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