UPDATED: Sheriff's Office searches for lost skier near Mirror Lake

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: March 31, 2013

Media and Interested Parties



UPDATE: April 1, 2013, 1:44 p.m.

The lost skier has been identified as Russell Tiffany, 23 years old, from Las Vegas, Nevada.

UPDATE: March 31, 2013, 9:37 p.m.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is sad to report that at approximately 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, the body of a male skier believed to be the subject we have been looking for was located.

The subject was found submerged in a creek near Highway 26, west of the Ski Bowl Resort.

The Medical Examiner's Office will conduct a death investigation. All inquires regarding their investigation and the subject's identity will be directed to their office.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will assist with the investigation and the Sheriff's Office Dive Team will be assisting with the recovery effort.

Searchers learned that a group of experienced skiers left the boundary of Ski Bowl's west side last night. The group gathered at a hut that is just outside the boundary. Investigators learned from a member of the group that alcohol was being consumed and the subject appeared intoxicated.

The subject decided to head down the mountain alone, but became disorientated when he left. He had been in contact with a member of the group via cell phone but was still unable to find his way.

EARLIER: March 31, 2013, 6:55 p.m.

On March 31, 2013 at approximately 11 a.m., the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office was contacted regarding a lost male on Mt Hood, Oregon. Search and Rescue Coordinators from the Sheriff's Office are currently organizing search efforts for the 23 year-old male.

He was last seen yesterday, March 30th at approximately 9 p.m. near Mirror Lake. Prior to this, the subject had left the group he was with to ski down the mountain. The group made plans to meet up later, but the subject did not show up.

The subject was last seen by campers at Mirror Lake, but they had only been in contact with him from across the lake. The campers attempted to direct him to their location, but he never arrived.

The subject was not prepared to stay overnight, to our knowledge, and had been equipped for skiing. It is believed he had been consuming alcohol prior to setting off alone.

At this writing, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, Mountain Wave Emergency Communications, American Medical Response's Reach and Treat (RAT) Team and the Oregon National Guard, using a helicopter, are currently searching the area. The plan is for the search to continue through the night.

The deputies have not been in direct contact with the subject's family, so his name will not be released at this time. If media intends to go to the area please contact the public information officer directly.


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Contact Info:
Deputy Marcus Mendoza
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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