STEVENSON, Wash. (AP) – The body of a 25-year-old Beaverton, Oregon, man has been recovered from Muddy River after he slipped and went over the 100-foot high Lava Canyon Falls.
The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call on Sunday reporting that James Fowler was trying to across the river just above the falls when he stepped on a partially submerged rock and the swift water swept him over the falls.
The site was about 20 miles northeast of Cougar, Washington in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Officials say that Fowler’s body was seen floating face down below the falls. A witness tried to reach Fowler but the rugged terrain turned him back.
Search crews aided by a fixed-wing aircraft searched Sunday night and Monday morning. At about 12:30 p.m. Monday, Fowler’s body was recovered. His body was taken to the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.