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Human Remains Recovered From the Clackamas River‏

A Clackamas County Deputy Medical Examiner was called to the scene after an unidentified human body was discovered.

Death investigation

(CLACKAMAS, Ore.) - Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies say they received a report Saturday morning about a missing 46-year old Eagle Creek woman.

Detective Jim Strovink with the Clackamas Sheriff's Office says later Saturday afternoon, at 2:30 PM, a pick-up truck similar to the vehicle described as being operated by the missing female was discovered crashed in the Clackamas River, located an estimated 100 yards upriver from the entrance of Eagle Fern Park, on SE Kitzmiller Road, in Eagle Creek.

"Clackamas County Sheriff's Patrol personnel responded and met with the reporting Eagle Fern Park Ranger who discovered the crashed and partially submerged pick-up truck in the Clackamas River," Strovink said.

He said the vehicle, situated in the furiously swift moving Clackamas River was observed by Deputies to have received a great deal of body damage.

Unfortunately, the vehicle was not accessible in the river for deputies to confirm its license plate number.

Strovink says deputies were made aware of the reported missing female and further recognized that S.E. Kitzmiller Road, which runs along this portion of the Clackamas River, is the same route of travel this missing female would typically drive to access her residence on Kitzmiller Road, in Eagle Creek.

"While on scene, deputies searched the area on foot inspecting the river bank until night time conditions prohibited any further searching opportunities," Strovink said.

These deputies also noted the significant log jam that formed at a bridge some 100 yards down river from the location of the vehicle in the Clackamas River.

County personnel were contacted and advised this log jam of debris may possibly require as long as one week period of time to successfully clear away this congestion of debris formed in the river.

Today at 8:00 AM, members of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Search and Rescue Unit, accompanied by Clackamas County Marine Deputies, returned to this search location in Eagle Fern Park, resuming efforts to confirm the identification of the crashed vehicle located in the river, and ground search activity for any potential victim(s).

At approximately noon today an "unidentified human body" was discovered down river from the bridge, and a Clackamas County Deputy Medical Examiner has been summoned to the scene.

Clackamas County Sheriff's have been unable to access this automobile crashed in the river; consequently, proper identification of this vehicle is not attainable at this point in time.

"Harsh river conditions exist and it is considered extremely dangerous to attempt any vehicle recovery at this time," Strovink said.

Also, the responding Clackamas County Deputy Medical will be responsible for obtaining the proper identification and any associated family notifications of the recovered deceased human body located today along this portion of the Clackamas River, in Eagle Creek.

Follow-up report: Sheriff Releases Name Of Deceased Woman In Clackamas River‏

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