Girl who died at NC camp was not attached to swing

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Investigators in Pickens County, South Carolina, say there was no mechanical or structural problem on a swing at a camp where a Florida teenager fell to her death on Monday.

The Pickens County Sheriff does say the harness that held Olivia Grimes, 16, was not attached to the Freebird – a pendulum-type ride – when the swing was retracted from the passenger loading platform.

Olivia Grimes, who died at a South Carolina camp

Grimes fell more than 100 feet and died at Carolina Point – Young Life Camp on Sassafras Mountain. The camp has an address of Brevard, North Carolina, but the 350-acre camp straddles the border with South Carolina.

The sheriff says there is no evidence Grimes contributed to her own death. Investigators also concluded there was no foul play or criminal intent involved in the death.

WSPA has learned the swing should have not been used. Officials with the South Carolina Department of Labor said the Freebird swing did not have a permit. The department adds that six zip lines at the camp need permits. All were shut down until they pass inspection.

Representatives from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation evaluated the site on Wednesday. Those state authorities are now in charge of the case after the sheriff’s office determined there was no criminal intent involved.

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