Sheriff's Office SAR rescues teens in snowbound 4x4

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Jan. 4, 2013, 2:05 p.m.

Media and Interested Parties


Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #13-397

At about 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 3, 2013, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue (SAR) deputies responded to South Hillockburn Road past the 45 Road, outside of Estacada, after being notified of two teens getting their truck stuck in the snow.

Sheriff's Office searchers kept in contact with the two teenage males by cell phone throughout the night. The teens had food and shelter and remained in communication with the searchers.

At about noon today (Friday, Jan. 4), Sheriff's Office deputies using ATVs equipped with snow tracks made their way to the teens, then transported them to a Sno-Cat operated by Cascade Towing that finished transporting the teens down to their parents. They were not in need of any medical attention.

Clackamas Towing was able to remove the teens' 1977 Ford 4x4 pickup, as well.

The driver is identified as Nicoli Pieri, age 17, of Oregon City, Oregon.

The passenger is identified as Jared Walton, age 17, of Cornelius, Oregon.

Apparently the two young men were planning to meet friends at the radio towers atop Goat Mountain to have a bonfire. When they learned their friends had already left, they decided to drive down to Helen Lake, where they got the truck stuck in the snowy, icy conditions.

The truck was not equipped with tire chains, or a shovel.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office reminds motorists to be prepared for winter driving conditions. Four-wheel drive vehicles are not a substitute for good decision making.


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Contact Info:
Adam Phillips, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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