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FBI Photographer Found Dead in North Carolina Creek

Authorities believe Kathleen Miller drowned, but her official cause of death is pending.

NANTAHALA, N.C. — Authorities have identified the body of a woman found dead in a North Carolina creek as that of a forensic FBI photographer from Alabama.

Citing a Graham County sheriff's statement, news outlets report authorities have identified Kathleen Polce Miller, of Huntsville, as the woman found dead in the Nantahala National Forest on Oct. 7.

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Emergency call records obtained by The Asheville Citizen-Times say a man reported a woman falling into water and not being able to get out on Oct. 6. Chief Deputy Chuck Stewart tells WAFF-TV that the call was placed by Miller's husband.

Stewart says the two had stopped while on their way to a campsite. He says Miller likely drowned, though her official cause of death is pending. The FBI says Miller wasn't on duty.

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