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At 6:37 a.m. on July 6, 2011, the Skamania County Sheriff's Office 911 dispatch center received a call for a 28 year old female who was found unconscious near the FS 3200 Rd 150 Spur at the Rainbow Festival.

The 911 communications center immediately dispatched Skamania County EMS as well as several deputies and USFS Law Enforcement Officers. A bystander with the patient was already performing CPR.

The female, Amber Kellar, was pronounced dead at the scene after EMS and officers arrived.

The detectives on the case are advising this is thought to be medically induced.

The patient was transported to Clark County Medical Examiner's Office for further investigation.

The deceased was from Weed, Calif., and her family has been notified.

If you have information which could assist in this investigation contact Sgt. Monty Buettner or Detective Tim Garrity at Skamania County Sheriff's Office, 509-427-9490.

On July 8, 2011, at approximately 6:30 p.m. the Skamania County Sheriff's Office received a report of a stranded hiker in a deep gorge on the east bank of the upper Lewis River.

The hiker, Identified as 40-year-old Vanessa Hullin from Everett had been at the Rainbow Family Gathering at Skookum Meadows. Four days earlier she wandered off and had been lost in the the woods; nobody had reported her missing.

She ended up at the river bank yelling when some other hikers heard her cry for help and activated rescuers.

Skamania County deputies, Sergeant Johnston and Deputy Barker, were dispatched to the scene along with North County EMS and the Skamania County Dive Team.

Due to no access to the east bank of the river, the dive team swam their pontoon boat across and secured Hullin. She was then floated across and released to medics.

Hullin was transported by North County EMS with non life threatening injuries.



Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident on State Route 14 at milepost 47, two miles east of Stevenson. The accident occurred on July 10, 2011, at approximately 5:51 p.m.

According to the report, Deborah A. Hinnes, Sequim, was driving her 2008 Subaru Impreza eastbound on SR 14. Marcella R. Best, Battle Ground, was driving her 1998 Saturn westbound on SR 14. Kinnes attempted to make a left turn to travel north to Carson. Best's vehicle collided with the Subaru.

Marcella Best suffered a sore head and neck and was transported by aid to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver. Trevor Best, 14, a passenger in the Saturn, also suffered neck and head injury and was taken by aid to SWWMC. Clifford Best, 48, had no injuries.

Neither Deborah Hinnes nor Gregory M. Hinnes, 46, Mason, Ohio, a passenger in the Subaru, were injured.

Hinnes was charged with failure to yield.


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