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At approximately 9:45 Sunday morning, Skamania County Deputies responded to the Cape Horn trailhead just west of Cape Horn on State Route 14 for a report of a woman that had fallen off the trail. This is located approximately seven miles east of Washougal.

Deputies located Melissa Pahn, 52, from Vancouver deceased on the lower part of the trail. She had fallen over a cliff, approximately 230 feet.

Melissa was hiking with her husband, Andrus, and their dog. At some point they separated and when Andrus located the dog, he could not find Melissa. Another hiker, Robert Warren, from Prindle had been contacted by Andrus and asked to help him find his wife. Robert located Melissa on the lower part of the trail approximately 230 feet below the upper trail.

Wind River Search and Rescue and Silver Star Search and rescue assisted with the recovery efforts.

This death is under investigation.



It was another motorcycle injury on SR 14 Sunday at approximately 2:46 p.m. This accident occurred near milepost 26, six miles east of Washougal.

According to the report, Leroy L. Shannon, 22, Camas, was driving his 2003 Ford pickup eastbound on SR 14, turning left onto Salmon Falls Road. Christopher J. Gribner, 40, Milwaukie, Ore., was driving his 2006 Honda motorcycle westbound on SR 14. Shannon turned his vehicle left in front of the motorcycle. The motorcycle came to rest blocking the eastbound lane for 30 minutes.

Shannon was not injured. Gribner suffered a broken leg and head lacerations. He was transported by ambulance to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver.

Shannon was charged with negligent driving.

Todd D. Cowan, 42, Kent, suffered minor cuts and bruises when he was involved in a one-vehicle accident on July 28, 2007. The accident occurred in the town of Klickitat on SR 142.

According to the report, Cowan was driving his 1993 Saturn westbound on SR 142. His vehicle crossed both lanes and went into the Klickitat River.

Cowan was charged with DUI.



Gilliam County Medical Examiner, Dr. Bruce Carlson, has positively identified a body discovered July 26, 2007, in the Columbia River near the mouth of the John Day River as a missing 62-year old Moscow, Idaho man. Dr. Carlson reported the cause of death was from "traumatic injuries and drowning".

John Dickinson, 62, had been missing since Jan. 7, 2007, when he stopped to assist another motorist involved in a traffic crash westbound on Interstate 84 over the John Day River. While Dickinson was outside of his vehicle to help, a third vehicle crashed into the back of his vehicle. After Oregon State Police troopers responded to the scene they determined Dickinson could not be accounted for, and because the location is where a bridge spans the mouth of the John Day River it was believed he either fell off the bridge or jumped to avoid being struck.

County, State and Federal agencies searched the area for Dickinson during the next couple days, and people fishing in the area were also asked to be on the lookout for him.

On July 26, 2007, at approximately 8:19 p.m. a fisherman reported a possible body near the shore on the mainstream of the Columbia River. An Oregon State Police trooper responded and located the body with the help of the reporting fisherman. The body of the unidentified adult male was recovered with the assistance of Sherman County and Gilliam County sheriff's office personnel.


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