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Elgin woman dies in skydiving accident

Eggum, 32, pronounced dead in Dayton Township cornfield

Published: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 10:22 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 8:05 p.m. CDT

OTTAWA, Ill. — La Salle County officials Friday were continuing to investigate a fatal skydiving accident that occured Thursday afternoon in Dayton Township.

The victim has been identified by Coroner Jody Bernard and Sheriff Tom Templeton as a 32-year-old Elgin resident. Stephanie Eggum was pronounced dead at the scene after being discovered in a cornfield shortly after 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1.

According to a press release issued Friday, La Salle County sheriff's deputies , along with the Sheridan Ambulance, received a call to respond to East 19th Road, in Dayton Township, in reference to a "skydive mishap."

Upon arrival at the scene, deputies and ambulance personnel were directed to an area in a cornfield, where Eggum's body was located.

The preliminary investigation indicates that, while skydiving, Eggum had cut away her main parachute, after which she deployed the reserve chute at an altitude too low to allow full deployment.

This incident remains under investigation by the La Salle County Sheriff's Office and the La Salle County Coroner's Office.

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