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Authorities suspended search efforts for Mischell Hodges on July 14, 2005, at 10 a.m.

The search effort utilized resources from over 20 different search and rescue agencies from the Pacific Northwest.

Investigation continues in Mischelle's disappearance. Her husband, Richard, has cooperated fully with investigators and is not a suspect in the case.

If anyone has any information on the case, they are asked to contact Detective Summer Scheyer at the Skamania County Sheriff's Office, 427-9490.

Detectives from the Skamania County Sheriff's Office have released the name of a 48-year-old Washougal man located deceased in his home on Barbara Lane in western Skamania County Friday night.

Lawrence Kriegh was discovered by his landlord early Friday evening, deceased in his travel trailer.

Detectives have determined the cause of death as accidental.

According to the detectives, Kriegh was in the process of packing and was holding a framelss mirror when it shattered. A shard of glass penetrated the inner thigh of his left leg and severed the femoral artery, causing him to bleed to death.

Skamania County deputies and rescue personnel from Skamania Fire District 4 and Battalion 1 from Clark Fire District 9 responded to a report of a female who fell onto the rocks on the Washougal River at approximately 2:45 p.m. on July 17.

Teena Van Oosten, 39, Woodburn, Ore., fell approximately 40 feet to the rocks and water, in a popular swimming area known as Naked Falls on the upper Washougal River. She apparently fell while traversing the trail to the water.

Her rescue required a rope rescue by fire personnel.

Van Oosten was extricated from the river and transferred by Life Flight to Emanuel Hospital in Portland with multiple lacerations.

A 32-year-old Portland, Ore., man injured his back and was transported by Life Flight to Emanuel Hospital on July 18, 2005, after jumping off a 65-foot cliff into the Washougal River and hitting a submerged rock ledge.

Jason Barwikowski's condition was unknown at the time of the report.

The incident occurred about 3.5 miles above Dougan Falls on the Washougal River at about 3:45 p.m.

Skamania Fire District 4, Skamania EMS, Clark County Fire District 1 and Skamania County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted in the response.

This was in the same general area where a 39-year-old Woodburn, Ore., woman fell on July 17.



Clayton G. Closser, 26, Lyle, suffered injuries when he was involved in a one-vehicle accident on July 16, 2005, at approximately 12:30 a.m.

According to the report, Closser was driving his 1995 Ford Crown Victoria eastbound on State Route 142 near milepost 5.15, when the vehicle entered a corner to the left at excessive speed. The vehicle began to rotate counter clockwise and then exited the roadway after crossing the eastbound shoulder. The vehicle, now broadside, re-entered SR 142, crossing the eastbound and westbound lanes. The vehicle then traveled down an embankment, off the westbound shoulder, and entered the Klickitat River. Closser swam to safety.

Closser was located by state patrol and county officers, with abrasions to his legs and arms.

He was cited for negligent driving.

An Appleton man suffered a broken left ankle following a one vehicle accident July 18, 2005, on SR 197 near milepost 1.

According to the report, Jack B. Briggs, 57, Appleton was traveling northbound on SR 197, approaching traffic control being conducted by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Brigg's 1998 Chevy pickup failed to merge left from one lane to two lanes and struck the rear of an ODOT traffic control truck.

Briggs was transported by ambulance to Mid Columbia Medical Center.

He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

He was cited for DUI.


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