Reno County sheriff: No safety harness at scene of fatal zip line accident

WICHITA — The Maize teacher who died after falling from a zip line over the weekend was not wearing a safety harness, the Reno County sheriff said in a statement released Tuesday.

An investigation showed that other safety devices, including stabilizing wires and padding, were in place when Jeanie Weve, 39, fell about 20 feet from a zip line Sunday evening, Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson said. There was not a safety harness available. Witnesses told officers Weve lost her grip on the handles she was holding during her ride, Henderson said.

Weve was with family and friends at a private home near Cheney Lake when she fell. She was transported by ambulance to a Wichita hospital, where she died from her injuries.

“It was just an unfortunate accident,” Henderson said in the statement.

Weve, a fourth-grade teacher at Maize Central Elementary School, was on maternity leave when the accident happened. She was scheduled to return to her classroom after Thanksgiving.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Central Community Church in west Wichita.

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