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Death of man at Bonney Lake’s Victor Falls Park ruled accidental

The Bonney Lake Police Department has closed the case on a 56-year-old man who fatally fell 68 feet last year in Victor Falls Park.

Alcohol was a factor in Stephan Hair’s fall, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office determined. The toxicology report found nearly double the legal alcohol limit in his bloodstream.

His death was ruled accidental.

Hair was found with multiple traumatic injuries, the medical examiner’s office said.

A hiker called 911 on Nov. 9 after seeing an unconscious man lying at the bottom of the falls, according to case files requested by The Herald.

Relatives told police Hair said he had found a “new trail” with a friend days prior.

Footing at the park was slippery, with wet rocks and mud, the day Hair’s body was discovered, the police report said. A bottle of whiskey was found in his car, along with a wallet and a phone.

Family members said he had left home that afternoon to go to a barbecue in Buckley, the case file said. Less than an hour later, the hiker called the police.

Josephine Peterson covers Pierce County and Puyallup for The News Tribune and The Puyallup Herald. She previously worked at The News Journal in Delaware as the crime reporter and interned at The Washington Post.
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