Missing Hiker Found Dead In Columbia Gorge
The body of 24-year-old Katherine Huether was found at the bottom of an 800-foot cliff on March 13, 2010. A local resident and his son spotted Katherine lying in a rocky area on Table Mountain approximately 4 miles from the trail head. This tragic discovery put an end to a nine-day search that involved hundreds of people in the Bonneville dam area on the Washington-Oregon border.
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Date of Death:
Mar 04, 2010
Hair (Color, Description, Facial Hair):
Pacific Crest Trail head near the Bonneville Dam
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Last updated March 10, 2010
Mar 14, 2010
Katherine Huether Found Dead At Bottom Of Cliff
The body of missing hiker Katherine Huether was found on Table Mountain on March 13, 2010 by a father and son on four-wheelers. They spotted the 24-year-old's body at the bottom of an 800-foot cliff, partially hidden by rocks.
Undersheriff Dave Cox of Skamania County Sheriffs said it appeared Katherine met with a tragic accident while hiking near the sheer cliff. The Portland resident had been missing for nine days after disappearing while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. On March 14, four deputies were flown by helicopter near the area where Katherine's body was spotted. They hiked 25 minutes into the rocky terrain before being able to recover Katherine's body.
Officials have no reason to suspect foul play, although they will consider all possibilities until the investigation is closed. Katherine's body was transported to the Clark County Medical Examiner for an autopsy.
"It's a tremendous emotional drain to have this outcome, but it's good to have some closure," Undersheriff Cox said.