Death of man in Clackamas County ravine ruled accidental

Clackamas County

This is an ongoing investigation

Photo courtesy: CCSO

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The body of a man found in a ravine in Clackamas County was identified as a 34-year-old man from Vancouver.

Authorities publicly identified James Rafferty on August 18 and said an autopsy determined his death was accidental after he fell into the ravine.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said they recovered his body 125 feet down at the bottom of a ravine near Southeast Sunnybrook Boulevard and Southeast 97th Avenue.

On Wednesday evening, his mother called 911 to report her adult son missing. She told dispatch he was last seen on Tuesday near the Kaiser Sunnyside campus. Later on in the night, she called to tell dispatchers she and her family were going to search the ravine he was last seen near.

Shortly after 7 a.m. on Thursday, the family called once again — this time saying they found a body.

A family member told deputies that the man was beloved. They say they appreciate the outpouring of support from friends and family at this time.

The investigation was led by the CCSO. Various crews are on the scene to assist, including the Clackamas County Fire Department, the Clackamas County Medical Examiner, the Crime Scene Investigation team and the Trauma Intervention Center of Portland and Vancouver.

Eastbound SE Sunnybrook Boulevard was closed from SE 97th Avenue to Southeast Sunnyside Road as investigators worked the scene.

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