Unidentified body found in Beaverton creek

Washington County

Deputies said it was still unclear if there was any foul play involved

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A body was found floating in a Beaverton creek Saturday.

Investigators with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were working at the scene of Cedar Mill Creek on Saturday afternoon, just west of NW Cornell Road and NW 119th Avenue.

The body of Brian Simons, 41, was found around 4 p.m. about 100 feet downstream from a waterfall.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies at the scene where a body was found in Beaverton. November 2, 2019 (KOIN)

“A person who was down in this Greenspace came across a body in the creek,” Detective Mark Povolny said. Authorities said when they arrived and checked on the body partially hidden by trees, it was clear that the man was deceased.

“Given where it was and how far it was into the woods—this is not visible from Cornell, it’s not visible in the parking lot,” Povolny said. “You really have to hike down into this little ravine and down into the wooded area away from where the waterfall and footpath is.”

The body was recovered from the water, not far from a well-traveled boardwalk. Water levels are fairly low due to the recent dry weather, according to detectives.

“The creek is pretty slow-moving,” Povolny said. “There is a lot of leaves and debris in the creek because all the fall leaves have come down in there. This is not something where there is rushing water.”

The medical examiner said Simons’ death was accidental.

Nearby resident Jesse Mass was shocked that this happened in what he described as a typically quiet neighborhood.

“I was heading home and they had Cornell blocked off. It’s never like that, so when you see something with yellow tape, it’s just a little concerning for this area,” Mass said. “[I’ve] been here for two years and never seen any issues. This is the first time, so kind of shocking.”

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