CLINTON, Iowa (KWQC) – The Clinton Police Department continues to investigate the death of a 27-year-old Meghan Peters of Clinton, who apparently fell at Eagle Point Park Sunday morning. The Clinton Fire Department says this isn’t the first instance of a dangerous fall and they want to prevent it from happening again.
“Unfortunately the fire department does respond to people venturing where they shouldn’t be and they find themselves in trouble,” Clinton Fire Lt. Richard Johannsen said. “We have stories like this every year.”
Signs are posted all over the park that say, “Danger Bluff Area,” but even so, Johannsen says not everyone is taking those warnings seriously.
“These areas are not maintained, even if you’re an avid hiker, there are dangers that you may not be aware of and you just should not be there,” Johannsen said.
After a deadly incident over the weekend, Johannsen is now urging people to use designated trails.
“There [are] places where you can stay safe and there’s dangerous areas where you shouldn’t venture so our goal is to have people stay safe, stay away from the areas that are posted not to be,” Johannsen said.
For people like John Connell who like to visit parks like Eagle Point.
“I just love the fresh air, the sunshine, the things that you do outdoors, I love to hike trails, I hike a lot of trails,” Connell said.
He says he’s taking Johannsen’s warnings to heart and wants others to do the same.
“Be safe, if there’s a ledge, stay away from it, stay on the trails as much as possible,” Connell said.
“I can’t say it enough to stay in the safer areas,” Johannsen said.
The last fall KWQC reported on at Eagle Point Park was back in July of 2014 where a 17-year-old boy fell nearly 80-feet off a bluff. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.