A 68 year-old Florence woman was found dead Tuesday afternoon on a horseback riding trail near Larry Creek in the Bitterroot National Forest.

Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman issued the following press release at 4 p.m. Thursday

The death investigation relating to an incident in the area of the Larry Creek recreation area north of Stevensville has been concluded.

 The victim, 68 year old Gertrude Hanson, was found deceased on a horse/hiking trail in the area west of the horse trailer parking lot on Tuesday, September 25th at about 1:25 p.m. Ms. Hanson’s horse was found nearby.

A forensic examination of the victim has determined that she died from a cardiac event. It does not appear that the victim sustained any other injury leading to her death.


Ravalli County Undersheriff Perry Johnson

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