Canby rafter’s body found in Clackamas River

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Meagan O'Meara-Clark as seen in a close-up of a Facebook photo prior to her Clackamas River drowning. (Courtesy Facebook)

CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. (KOIN) — Divers have recovered the body of Meagan O’Meara-Clark, a Canby woman who went missing in the Clackamas River Friday while on a rafting trip.

Family members found what they thought could be her body Sunday afternoon while searching the waters of the Clackamas River, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

“The initial call came from family members at about 3 p.m. who were searching the bank since this morning,” according to the sheriff’s office release. “Clackamas Sheriff boat crews were nearby searching other areas with an underwater camera and quickly responded to the scene.”

O’Meara-Clark’s body was recovered around 4:15 p.m. Sunday from under about 15 feet of water. This was just downstream from where she was last seen, the sheriff’s office reported.

She was 26-years-old.

O’Meara-Clark  was last seen Friday afternoon after diving into the cool Clackamas River without a life vest. The Associated Press reported she decided to go for a swim during a rafting trip.

Her family says she lived to help people and was going to school to become a phlebotomist in a hospital. Her body has been turned over to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

The sheriff’s office offered its condolences to her family and friends.

Earlier Sunday civilians reported finding “something” in the Clackamas River near Carver Park, a search spokesperson told KOIN 6 News. Those civilians now are identified as “family members” by the sheriff’s office.

The discovery prompted dive teams to resume their search for O’Meara-Clark.

Officials initially did not say what was found. However, they did say it was enough to prompt divers to look into the matter.

Sheriff’s divers were checking the “area above Carver Park” — citing a “[h]igh probability” the missing swimmer has been located, according to a Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office tweet issued at 4:08 p.m. Sunday.

Earlier Sunday reported Clackamas County authorities had suspended the after-hours search for the 26-year-old Canby woman. Dive teams had already spent two days looking for her — without success.

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