Woman with Grand Valley ties dies after falling from Utah cliff

Holly Martineau

Foul play isn’t suspected in the case of a 29-year-old mother of two children with ties to the Grand Valley who fell to her death in Utah, authorities said.

Holly A. Martineau, 29, of Kenilworth, Utah, was believed to have walked away from a friend’s home near Price sometime after 2 a.m. Sunday, trekking along a mesa on the outskirts of Price, where she apparently fell from the edge of a roughly 100-foot cliff.

The steep slope is strewn with boulders, said Price Police Capt. William Barnes.

“You’re never 100 percent about anything, but we’re pretty confident this was a slip and fall,” Barnes said.

An autopsy report is still pending from the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office.

An examination of the scene showed Martineau was alone before the fall based on the lack of a second set of tracks, Barnes said. She was wearing flip-flops, he added.

Martineau was reported missing to Price police around 2:30 p.m. Sunday and her body was discovered by a family member Tuesday morning. The body was found roughly a quarter-mile northwest from the friend’s home where she set out from early Sunday, Barnes said.

Martineau was enrolled in School District 51 for 12 years, attending Appleton Elementary, Fruita Middle School, Fruita Monument High School and Grand Junction High School before leaving in the fall of 2000, according to school district records.

She is survived by two daughters, ages 5 and 6, and her husband, Eric Tucker.


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