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Georgia woman falls to her death in Maine while celebrating her birthday, friends say

GEORGIA — Friends and family of a Georgia woman who died after falling off a cliff in Maine tell us they’re heartbroken.

Friends say Romona Gowens traveled to Maine from her home in Calhoun in Gordon County, to celebrate her 55th birthday this week.

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But on Monday, police in Maine say Gowens died after falling 30 feet off a cliff near a trail.

“It’s kind of gut-sinking,” said Anna Strout.

Strout is one of several neighbors in Scarborough, Maine, who said they were stunned by the tragedy on the popular walking trail.

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A sign in the area warns of some risk.

Police say Gowens fell when a fence she was leaning against broke.

“I’m shocked to hear that someone actually fell to their death,” said Strout.

Gowens’ family and friends in Calhoun were too distraught to appear on camera, but her cousin, Tracey Duke Black, did say this in a statement about Gowens: “Happy 1st heavenly birthday... I’m just heartbroken and don’t even have the words to say... you always lit up a room with your laughter and smiles.”

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Gowens leaves behind a loving family. Her sister was with her when she fell and called police.

Police in Maine say the incident remains under investigation, but say they do not suspect foul play.

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