Man dies Sunday following 80-foot fall into Kowee Creek

Juneau Police Department spraypainted the footprints of a 22-year-old man and 18-year-old woman who fell down a 80-foot steep slope in North Douglas early Sunday morning. The spraypaint is so JPD can easier see and photograph the pair's direction of travel and movement in the snow.

Police have identified the man who died early Sunday morning after falling down an approximately 80-foot cliff into Kowee Creek in North Douglas.


Juneau Police Department Officer-in-Charge Terry Allen said by phone Sunday afternoon he was 22-year-old Evan Smith. His family had been notified, Allen said.

Police say they heard a woman’s cries for help as they were responding to another case in the area around 2 a.m., according to a JPD information release. They located the 18-year-old woman in Kowee Creek behind the Cedar Park apartment complex off Cordova Street. Capital City Fire and Rescue responded to the scene, took the woman out of the water, and took her to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Allen said the woman sustained multiple injuries from the fall. He added they were not life threatening, but they weren’t minor either.

Phone calls to the BRH media liaison Sunday afternoon were not immediately returned.

The woman’s name has not yet been released because she is not a suspect in the case, Allen said.

Allen said the two had been walking together down the steep trail behind Cedar Park, which was blanketed in snow. The investigation is ongoing.

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