*Taylor Terrell a news anchor based in Macon, GA for 41NBC News is dead after falling 185 feet off of Rainbow Falls inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Taylor anchored 41NBC News at Daybreak and 41Today. She also regularly reported for the station’s education series, What’s Right with Our Schools. Previously, she worked at 41NBC as a General Assignment Reporter and Weekend Anchor. She started at 41NBC as an intern, immediately after graduating from Georgia Southern University.
“Taylor was a hard worker with a bright smile. She rose through the ranks from intern to reporter, to weekend anchor, to morning anchor and was eager to prepare for her next chapter,” News Director Brandon Long wrote in an email to The Telegraph. “This is a devastating loss for us here at 41NBC and most definitely for her family.”
In celebration of her 25th birthday Friday, Terrell and a friend visited Rainbow Falls, a 150-foot-tall waterfall in North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest, Transylvania County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Eddie Gunter said.
“It’s a real dangerous spot,” Gunter said. “We usually have about two to three waterfall deaths up there every year. …. That was the seventh (waterfall-related death) we’ve had in our county this year. Transylvania County has a lot of waterfalls.”
The investigation is being handled by the U.S. Forest Service, said Cathy Dowd, a forest service public affairs officer.
Terrell “was wading in the river near the top of the falls (when) she lost her footing and fell into the water where the current swept her up and over the falls,” Dowd said. “Her body was recovered at the base of the falls.”