The body of Kathrine Huether, 24, of Portland, Ore., was recovered by King and Skamania County Sheriff's Office deputies late Saturday, March 14, off the side of Table Mountain, four miles north of Bonneville Dam.
Using a helicopter from the King County Sheriff's Office, deputies were placed in an area about an eighth of a mile to the east from Huether's position. Winds and terrain in the area prevented establishing a stable platform for a hoist operation.
Deputies arrived at her position about 3:15 p.m. and began the traverse back to the pickup point about 25 minutes later. They arrived at the pick up point at about 4:35 p.m. after which the deputies and Huether were loaded onto the helicopter.
Huether's body was transported to the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office in Vancouver for an autopsy.
Search operations for Huether, missing since Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 3 p.m. were suspended at 5:15 p.m. on March 10, 2010.
The only clue that she may have been in the area was a receipt that was located on an trail off the Pacific Crest Trail, approximately four miles north of North Bonneville, Sunday afternoon.
The extensive search was mounted again early March 10 to ensure probable areas as well as some areas outside of the search area were adequately covered. Forty-five ground searchers, two K9 search teams, along with two equestrian search teams and a helicopter from the US Coast Guard all deployed to the area to continue with the search efforts.
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation and seeking information to identify a vehicle and driver believed to have contributed to a critical injury crash Monday afternoon east of The Dalles. The crash critically injured a 69-year old Hermiston man and witnesses provided a partial description of an unknown Idaho registered vehicle of interest.
On March 15, 2010, at approximately 1:50 p.m. a 2001 Toyota Camry four-door driven by Chuong Ngoc Du, 69, from Hermiston, Ore., was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 98. Witness information indicates a black late model Nissan Maxima with unknown Idaho license made a quick, possible intentional move closely in front of the Toyota. Du lost control, crashed into and through the guardrail and traveled about 30 feet down a rocky embankment. The rear of the Toyota came to rest in a slough on the south side of the freeway with Du critically injured inside the car.
The Nissan was last seen eastbound without stopping. It was believed to be occupied by two people and the driver was described as an unknown age white male.
OSP Senior Trooper Elijah Preston arrived on scene and went inside the Toyota to help initially treat Du. Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue personnel arrived and helped prep Du for transport by LifeFlight to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. He was later transferred in a second LifeFlight helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.
Eastbound lanes were closed briefly for LifeFlight landing and transport.
OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command are continuing the investigation. Wasco and Sherman County Sheriff Offices, ODOT, and North Sherman County Volunteer Fire assisted with citizens who stopped to help.
Anyone with information regarding the other involved vehicle is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (541) 296-9646.