NY woman died in possible Thailand elephant attack

Updated: 01/24/2014 7:57 PM
Created: 01/24/2014 7:48 PM WHEC.com

U.S. authorities have identified a tourist who was apparently trampled to death by elephants in Thailand as a 24-year-old woman from upstate New York.

The State Department says Friday she was Lily Glidden from Freeville, a small village near Ithaca.

Park rangers in Thailand found Glidden's body on Jan. 18, five days after she'd left alone from a campground in Kaeng Krachan National Park in the western province of Petchaburi.

Glidden graduated from Tufts University in 2012 with a biology degree and was interested in animals and the outdoors. In a statement, Tufts said it was saddened by news of Glidden's death.

Authorities in Thailand say her severe injuries led them to believe she was attacked by elephants. They say there were numerous pictures of animals on her camera.


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