UPDATE -- BODY ID: Search underway for missing hiker on Mt. Hood


UPDATE (Thursday, Oct. 11) — Body ID, Additional Details

The deceased was extracted by rescuers to Timberline Lodge and turned over the Clackamas County Medical Examiner, who made a preliminary ID that this was in fact David Lee Yaghmourian, a 30-year-old graduate student from Glendale, Arizona.

The search mission began on Oct. 8, 2018 at about 5 p.m. At that point Yaghmourian's hiking partner had been out of contact for about nine hours with Mr. Yaghmourian. SAR assets were immediately put into the field.

An unaffiliated climber found a body later identified as Mr. Yaghmourian at about 8:30 this morning (Oct. 11, 2018). Rescuers were sent to his location.

The deceased was found about 1.84 miles NE of Timberline Lodge, at an elevation of 8,270 feet at the top of White River Canyon.

The family has been notified.

SAR assets that participated in this search:



EARLIER (Oct. 11) -- Press Briefing On Body ID Scheduled

NOTE TO MEDIA:A press update with ID of the climber’s body is set for 3:20 p.m. at our Timberline Lodge command post.


EARLIER (OCT. 11, 1:45 P.M.) -- Additional Details From Afternoon Press Event

More details from Sgt. Collinson’s press conference:

At approximately 8:40 a.m. on Thursday, Oct, 11, a private climber attempting to summit Mt. Hood located a body at approximately the 8,300-foot elevation on the mountain, about a half-mile east of Silcox Hut. There was snow in the area.

This was outside our official search area by about 3,000 feet — higher than expected. Searchers had ascended to the 5,800-foot level, but had not found any indications that anyone else had gone through that area.

At this writing the body has NOT been confirmed as that of missing hiker David Yaghmourian.

The body is being transported down the mountain to the Clackamas County Medical Examiner for final determination of ID.

Mr. Yaghmourian's family has been notified of the find and given a chance to make notifications that a body has been found. The media's patience is appreciated as we make sure the family's needs are considered.

Per Sgt. Collinson: Details are subject to change, but early appraisals by searchers indicate that the located subject may have been hypothermic and was trying to set up a tent and sleeping bag using gear similar to Mr. Yaghmourian's. There are also early indications of an injury from a fall estimated at 30 feet. The Medical Examiner will make final determinations, and again, details are subject to change.

At this writing searchers believe the deceased may have missed a turn and headed up the mountain, and was trying to find a way back down. More discussion of this can be found around the 3:00 mark in the video of Sgt. Collinson's press briefing.

The body is being packaged and will be brought down on a SKED to be transferred to a vehicle.

At this writing it is unknown how long the body had been at 8,300 feet.




Searchers have located the body of a deceased male at approximate 8,500’ elevation on Mt. Hood. They are currently working to recover the body and bring it down the mountain. Positive identification is pending.

Search & Rescue Sgt. Sean Collinson spoke to media outlets moments ago about the find. Livestreams of his briefing can be found here:

Facebook Live

Twitter Live

Details to come as our SAR Coordinators and the Medical Examiner learn more.


EARLIER (Oct. 9, 2018)

Please reference CCSO Case # 18-027619


David YaghmourianThe Clackamas County Sheriff`s Office is currently conducting a Search and Rescue (SAR) operation on Mt. Hood for missing/injured hiker David Yaghmourian.

Mr. Yaghmourian, 30, of Phoenix, AZ, was reportedly hiking the Timberline Trail with a companion and sustained an injury to his leg. On the last day of the hike (Monday, October 8, 2018), Mr. Yaghmourian stopped to rest while they were returning to Timberline Lodge. His companion continued on to the lodge and waited for him there.

Mr. Yaghmourian was last seen at the eastern junction of the Timberline Trail at the Pacific Crest Trail. He is described as follows:

  • 30 years old
  • Black hair, brown eyes
  • 5'10" tall, 150 lbs.
  • Last seen wearing a tan baseball cap, black Columbia jacket and tan pants, with a large black backpack with red trim and what appeared to be a yellow towel on top.

A photo of Yaghmourian is attached.

Mr. Yaghmourian is currently entered as a missing/endangered person by the Clackamas County Sheriff`s Office. If you see Mr. Yaghmourian, or have contact with him, please contact the Clackamas County Sheriff`s Office Non-Emergency Line at 503-655-8211.

You can also contact us using the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp. Please reference CCSO Case # 18-027619.


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