A tourist that was apparently trampled to death by elephants in Thailand was identified as a recent graduate from upstate New York. The Associated Press reported on Jan. 24, 2014, that the victim of the Thai elephant attack has been revealed to be 24-year-old animal lover, Lily Glidden of Ithaca, a small village near Ithaca, New York.
The body of Glidden was found back in Jan. 18, 2014, by Thai park rangers. This was just five days after she left alone from a Kaeng Krachan National Park campground.
Tufts University, where Glidden graduated from in 2012, was saddened by the news of Glidden's death due to the apparent Thai elephant attack. The school issued a statement:
"We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of this talented young woman," university officials said in a statement.
While there was no confirmation as to what caused Glidden's death, Thailand authorities believe it was an elephant attack. They have said that the injuries she sustained lead them to believe that elephants attacked her and trampled her to death.
"Looking at the pictures she took in her camera, we see a lot of animals, birds, snakes, lizards," police Col. Woradet Suanklaai said. "We assumed she wanted to take pictures of elephants because that's what the Kaeng Krachan National Park is famous for."
Glidden's family is deeply saddened by the situation, but they did reveal she was "very aware of the dangers of working with wildlife." They said she would not take any foolish risks with animals or at all.