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Police Identify Woman Who Died After Friday River Rescue

Police say the 53-year-old woman was visiting family

The woman who died early Friday morning after being pulled from the Potomac River by local fire/rescue workers had been visiting family in Great Falls, Va.

The 53-year-old victim has been identified as Karjia Jiang, according to a Montgomery County police report. Jiang reportedly was visiting from China and staying with family in Great Falls. On Friday Jiang told family she was going out for a walk in Great Falls National Park, according to the police statement.

Patch first reported that witnesses called 9-1-1 on Friday morning when they observed Jiang in the Potomac River near Great Falls Park in McLean. Montgomery County emergency responders pulled her from the river and transported her to Suburban Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at approximately 10:39 a.m.

Police say it is unknown how Jiang got into the water, but foul play is not suspected at this time. The investigation is on-going.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Montgomery County– Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  Callers may remain anonymous.

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