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A Georgia morning news anchor plunged approximately 160 feet to her death Thursday after being swept over the top of Rainbow Falls just a day before her 25th birthday, according to authorities.

Transylvania County Sheriff David Mahoney confirmed Saturday that Taylor Terrell, 24, died in the accident.

Terrell, of Conyers, Ga., anchored 41NBC News at Daybreak and 41Today in Macon, Ga. According to 13WMAZ Special Projects Producer Erica Carr, Terrell was an “avid hiker” and had taken Friday off from work.

“(Friday) was her 25th birthday,” Carr said. “She was a beloved morning anchor (and) a sweet, beautiful girl. Everybody is devastated here.”

On Friday morning, Terrell’s parents informed the television station that their daughter was in an accident and did not survive, according to News Director Brandon Long. Terrell had been working with 41NBC since August of 2013. She started as a reporter before she was promoted to an anchor position.

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