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Body of Hermantown woman found at base of Palisade Head cliff

The Lake County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 48-year-old Hermantown woman, whose body was found at the base of the Palisade Head cliff northeast of Silver Bay on Thursday morning.

The body of Margaret A. O'Leary was recovered about 5:50 a.m. by the Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Squad. Sheriff Carey Johnson said in a news release that it appears to be an unexplained accidental death with no indications of foul play or suicide.

A deputy located O'Leary's 2005 Pontiac parked in the parking area just off Highway 61 at Palisade Head at 1:12 a.m. Thursday. The deputy had noticed the same vehicle parked there at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Deputies using a bloodhound, along with the Silver Bay Police Department, and the rescue squad found O'Leary and rope rescue personnel retrieved the body.

The result of an autopsy conducted by the St. Louis County Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death is pending.

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