PMR Recovers Portland Man's Body from Kings Mtn.
Monday, December 30, 2002
(Updated December 31, 2002)
Early this afternoon, a 12-person team from Portland Mountain Rescue recovered
the body of a 37-year-old Portland man who had been missing for several days on
Kings Mountain in the Tillamook State Forest.
The man had been trail running on the steep and snow covered Coast Range peak
on Saturday, December 21 when he apparently fell down a steep drainage Southeast
of the 3,209-foot summit. The exact cause of the fall and the reason that
he was off the trail may never be known, as the man was unaccompanied during his
running excursion. He was not reported missing for several days.
On Sunday, an 11-person PMR team discovered his body nearly a mile from the
mountain's summit and almost 1,000 vertical feet down from the upper
edge of the drainage.
Since December 26, Tillamook County officials had been conducting the
search, utilizing high angle search teams from PMR and Eugene Mountain
Rescue, as well as multiple dog teams and ground searchers from area
Search and Rescue (SAR) units. On
Friday, a PMR team located the man's winter hat near the edge of the
drainage, high above where the man was eventually found. That
discovery concentrated the search to the area where his body rested.
At 9:00 AM on Monday, a 12-person PMR team ascended the drainage and,
with the assistance of multiple other SAR units, brought the man's body
down the mountain to the operations base at Elk Creek Forest Park along
Oregon Highway 6, about 13 miles East of the city of Tillamook.
The additional SAR units were assembled from American Medical
Response Reach and Treat Team paramedics, the Washington County (OR)
Sheriff's Office, the Washington County Sheriff's Office Explorer
Post, the Tillamook County (OR) Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue
Unit, the Multnomah County (OR) Sheriff's Office Explorer Post and the
Oregon State Police.
Portland Mountain Rescue is one of the many mountain rescue units in
the country that function under the auspices of the international
Mountain Rescue Association. MRA units are uniquely trained
and equipped to conduct search and recovery operations, such as this
one, safely in high angle and mountainous environments.