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Coroner Releases Details About Woman Who Fell to Her Death at Disney Park

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The Orange County, California coroner has released details about a female Guest who fell, resulting in a death at Disneyland on Saturday evening.

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Just before 7:00 p.m. local time on Saturday evening, officers with the Anaheim Police Department responded to reports of a female falling from the Mickey and Friends parking structure at the Disneyland Resort. When they arrived, they discovered a woman lying on the ground, and emergency personnel were on the scene to provide emergency treatment to the woman as she was readied for transport the a local hospital.

She succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased after she arrived at the hospital. Her identity was unknown at the time, and no other details were shared as officers began their investigation to determine the events that led up to her fall. Late on Sunday evening, however, the Orange County Coroner’s office released information after identifying the woman.

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Mickey & Friends parking structure/Credit: Fisher Marantz Stone

Per the coroner’s office, the female was identified as 46-year-old Marney Schoenfeld from Scottsdale, Arizona. Though details surrounding this tragedy continue to be under investigation, Orange County Sheriff Sgt. Scott Steinle said Schoenfeld “jumped or fell” from the Mickey and Friends parking structure at Disneyland on Saturday.

Randy Schoenfeld, Schoenfeld’s husband and an Arizona real estate agent, said his wife’s death has been “excruciating” for him.

“She was a loving mother to her daughter, Sydney,” Randy said in an email. “She was a caring wife to me. She was a talented hairstylist of 23 years, and her clients loved her.”

The Mickey and Friends parking structure is a seven-story building that feature parking spaces accessible to Guests of Downtown Disney, Disneyland Park, and Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, and Schoenfeld’s death is the second one to occur in just over two months at the parking structure.

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In early December, Anaheim police officers responded to reports of a man falling from the structure. Shortly thereafter, the man was identified as Christopher Christensen, a 51-year-old elementary school principal from Huntington Beach, California, who posted a letter to his Facebook account shortly before the tragedy. Per the Anaheim Police Department’s investigation–as well as the letter penned by Christensen online–his death was ruled a suicide as he had jumped from atop the structure to his death.

At this time, there is no information that suggests Schoenfeld’s death was a suicide, and the investigation is ongoing.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!