Search & Rescue recovers two bodies inside submerged vehicle on Collawash River


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: January 5, 2019, 9:08 p.m.

Dropbox link to time-lapse video of vehicle recovery (.mp4 format)

On Thursday January 3, 2019, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) team responded to the area of the Ripplebrook Ranger Station, which is approximately 25 miles east of Estacada along Why. 224, on a report of two missing adults.

The Sheriff’s Office received information that Kevin Shaver and Chase Villarreal had not returned from their trip into East County and were last seen in their red Chevrolet Tahoe.

After an extensive search, on January 4, 2019, at approximately 7:30 p.m. searchers located the vehicle fully submerged in the Collawash River. Searchers located a dog along the far bank of the river and were able to rescue the dog on January 4th and then return on January 5th to retrieve the vehicle.

On January 5, the Sheriff's Office Marine Unit and Dive Rescue Team responded and were able to remove the vehicle from the river.

Inside the vehicle rescuers found the bodies of Mr. Shaver and Mr. Villarreal.

Families of both men have been notified of their deaths.

Investigators believe speed was a factor in the event that led the vehicle to leave the roadway and into the Collawash River.

NOTE TO MEDIA: The linked Dropbox video is a time-lapse of the recovery of the vehicle, and illustrates the complexity of the operation.

Contact Info:
Sgt. Brian Jensen
Public Information Officer
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office