News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Jan. 22, 2015, 1:17 p.m.
UPDATE: January 23, 2015, 12:43 p.m.
Yesterday's recovered person has now been identified as:
Lance K. Leek
According to the medical examiner, the death is accidental. Mr. Leek died of massive head and chest trauma from the fall.
Witness information indicates that Mr. Leek may have tripped near the edge of the precipice. Witness information also indicates that Mr. Leek may have been consuming alcohol before the fall and this may have contributed.
There is no information about any foul play in this matter and no further investigation is envisioned.
EARLIER: Jan. 22, 2015, 1:17 p.m.
Just after 3 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, callers to 911 reported that a male subject had possibly fallen off a cliff near the radio towers on Goat Mountain, near Colton in the Mt. Hood National Forest. The callers could not locate the subject and were searching the area.
Officials estimate the cliff height is between 200 and 300 feet.
First responders and SAR volunteers arrived at the scene to join in the search at the top and bottom of the cliff -- including personnel from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Molalla Fire, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, and Mountain Wave Emergency Communications.
As a member of the reporting party was coming down the cliff, he discovered the subject, who was deceased.
The Sheriff's Office is not currently releasing the name of the deceased, pending family notifications. More details will be released as they become available.
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office