Girl Scout dies after tree falls at Camp Koch


TELL CITY, Ind. (WEHT) — The Perry County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference Tuesday surrounding an incident where a Girl Scout died on Monday at Camp Koch.

Authorities identified the deceased victim as 11-year-old Isabelle Meyer of Jasper.

Authorities also said a 10-year-old female from Boonville was treated and released.

The two adults were identified as Melinda Garman of Mt. Vernon and Judy Kicklighter of Evansville. Authorities said both are stable.

At 11:30 a.m., a 911 call was received from Camp Koch about a tree falling on campers. Several people were trapped and injured, the caller reported to authorities.

Four patients were taken in an ambulance.

The group was out for a morning hike on a gravel road. They were coming down an incline on the road when they were hit by the tree as they were walking, authorities said.

The sheriff guessed the tree was 35-45 feet tall. He said he didn’t know why the tree fell, but saturation is a possibility.

Camp Koch is currently closed.

Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana was deeply saddened to learn of the terrible incident involving a fallen tree that took place at our Camp Koch property today, resulting in serious injury to several campers and volunteers, and the tragic death of one of our Girl Scouts attending camp. There is nothing we take more seriously than the safety and well-being of our girls and volunteers. We have closed Camp Koch while we work with our camp officials, as well as local law enforcement to investigate the incident, and will release more information as available and appropriate. During this difficult time, the entire Girl Scout family mourns the loss of one of our girls, and we ask for privacy for the individuals and their families as they grieve and mourn this tragic loss.”

Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana statement

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