Tragedy befalls Bagley Family during summer trip to New Hampshire

By Josh Resnek

Melissa Bagley did not hesitate when her 10-year-old son was pulled by the current at a popular waterfall, according to New Hampshire officials.

Melissa Bagley

Bagley, 44, was a part of a family of six from Lynn Massachusetts, visiting Franconia Falls in the White Mountain National Forest last Tuesday afternoon.

Her 10-year-old slipped and fell into a pool of water and could not escape the fast circulating current. An elder son jumped into the water and got wedged between the boulders before being recused by his father, Everett Police Lt. Sean Bagley.

“Melissa Bagley jumped into the river to help her child and began immediately having trouble,” said Sgt. Heidi Murphy, of the State Fish and Gaming Department, according to a report on

Two other children jumped in to help their brother and mother. They were able to get the child out of the water, but an 18-year-old brother who was trying to help became lodged in boulders, Murphy said, according to report.

The father searched for Bagley and found her in water below the falls, police said. He began CPR but she could not be revived, according to report.

The father then made it over to the son trapped by the boulders and pulled him to safety. That son suffered injuries and was taken to a hospital, police said.

The Everett Police Department identified Lt. Bagley as the husband of Melissa Bagley.

“While we appreciate all those who have reached out we ask that Lt Bagley and his family be given the time and space to mourn the death of Melissa,” the department said in a statement posted on Facebook.

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