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At 12:02 a.m. on June 5, Skamania County Emergency Medical Services responded to milepost 7 on the Wind River Highway, north of Carson, for a man who had fallen in to the Wind River.

Skamania County EMS responded with two ambulances and one rescue unit.

Skamania County EMS arrived on the scene and found that the patient was down a trail and next to the river. A deputy from the Skamania County Sheriff's Office had arrived with the patient first.

After an approximate 16 minute hike, crew members arrived at the patient's location. After medical evaluation, the patient refused further medical care.

Members of Skamania County EMS and Wind River Search and Rescue assisted the patient to the trailhead.

Bystanders credit a group of fishermen with saving the patient's life. It was reported that after the person had fallen into the water, he was unconscious and drifted down stream approximately 50 feet, coming to rest near a log. The men pulled the subject from the water and assisted him on to the bank.



On June 5, 2002, at 10:38 p.m., the sheriff's office 911 center received a call from Eric C. Morris, 51. Morris was obviously depressed and had been drinking alcohol, according to the center.

A threat of suicide was made to the dispatch center and was followed with a threat to any deputies who responded to his location.

Morris told dispatchers that he was armed with both a handgun, as well as swords from his collection.

Dispatch personnel kept Morris on the line until he advised he was going outside to wait for law enforcement.

The Sheriff's Department Special Response Team was called and responded to the area. With the assistance of the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department, a section of Highway 141 was rerouted until the area and scene were secured.

Once the team made entry onto the property, located in the 800 block of West Jewett, Morris was found in a van.

The Special Response Team quickly secured Morris without incident.

Deputies found a 40-caliber handgun and two swords.

Morris was placed into custody and transported to the Klickitat County Jail.



The Skamania County Sheriff's Office is investigating the disappearance of an 18-year-old female.

Lee Ann McCray was last seen by family members near the edge of the Columbia River on Sunday, June 2, at approximately 4:35 p.m. Approximately 15 minutes later, a family friend went to check on McCray and was unable to locate her. McCray was near the water's edge with her pet kitten.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene at 9:20 p.m. and conducted a preliminary search of the area.

The family knew McCray to often wander off or take a walk without notifying them. By 7 p.m. Sunday, the family became concerned that McCray had not returned and began to search the property for her. A small plastic container, which McCray used to carry the kitten in, was located a short distance from where she was last seen. The family reported McCray had been attempting to teach the kitten to swim by tossing the cat into the river.

The family contacted hikers coming down Dog Mt. Trail across the road and asked if anyone had observed a person matching McCray's description. No one reported seeing her.

Members of the Skamania County Sheriff's Dive Team and Wind River Search and Rescue were called to the scene Monday afternoon and conducted both water and ground search efforts.

Sheriff's detectives are continuing to gather information about McCray to determine if she may have left the area on foot or possibly accepted a ride with someone.

"According to family members and friends, Lee Ann would not wander off for this length of time without contacting someone. No one has heard from her since Sunday, which is very much unlike her. There is a possibility she may have fallen into the river or went into the river after the kitten," said chief deputy Dave Brown. "Considering the water current and wind conditions were both strong on Sunday, there is the possibility she may have drowned. We are continuing to investigate any and all information related to this case."

McCray was last seen wearing a bright yellow shirt, faded blue jeans and tennis shoes. She is 5-3 and weighs approximately 120 pounds. McCray has a dark complexion and black shoulder length hair.

Anyone in the Dog Mountain area on June 2 seeing anyone matching this description or having any information about the case can contact Detective Pat Bond, 427-9490.


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