MT HOOD - Two Hikers, Emma C. Place and Emily D. Lang apparently fell to their deaths off a cliff along the Pacific Crest Trail on Mount Hood.
At approximately 5:46 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, passing hikers called 911 to report that they had seen the bodies of two women who apparently fell 150 feet off a cliff about 6 miles northwest of Timberline Lodge, along the Pacific Crest Trail.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Coordinators, American Medical Response, Mountain Wave, Portland Mountain Rescue, and Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue were activated, and began responding to the area at approximately 6:01 p.m.
At approximately 11:50 p.m. on Saturday night, American Medical Response's Reach and Treat Team (AMR RAT) reached the location where the two victims had fallen and confirmed that both women were deceased at the scene.
SAR personnel stayed on-scene the remainder of the night with the deceased until approximately 5:54 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13, when additional search-and-rescue team members began responding to the scene from Timberline Lodge.
Family notifications have been made, and the two victims can now be identified as:
- Emma C. Place, 19, of Portland
- Emily D. Lang, 19, of Portland
At this writing, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has been unable to locate any witnesses to the fall.
If anyone has any information on this incident or was in the area of the Pacific Crest Trail between Timberline Lodge and Paradise Park at the time of the falls (prior to 5:46 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017), please contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Tip Line by phone at (503) 723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp -- please reference CCSO Case # 17-21562.