Searchers locate body of Redmond woman

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Deschutes County Search and Rescue locates the body of a 60-year-old woman who was missing and presumed dead.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Rescuers work to recover a body from the Crooked River Gorge on May 12.The body of a 60-year-old woman, who was believed to have jumped from the footbridge at the Peter Skene Ogden Scenic Wayside State Park on May 1, was located by searchers May 12.

At 7:30 a.m. on Friday, volunteers from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit, as well as three deputies, returned to bridge to search for the body of Joellen Trenhaile, of Redmond.

Once the search and rescue unit had its teams and equipment in place, a search of the river was started. At approximately 10:53 a.m., members located Trenhaile's body in the water about 150 yards south of the footbridge. The team used a floating litter to move her body upriver to the footbridge, where the Mountain Rescue Unit raised the floating litter to the footbridge using a high-angle rope system. The team concluded the mission at 4 p.m.

On May 1, at 10:32 a.m., the DCSO had received a report that Trenhaile had contacted a family friend and reported that she was suicidal and was planning to jump into the Crooked River Gorge. Deputies responded and located Trenhaile's vehicle at 10:38 a.m.

During a search of the footbridge, Trenhaile's cell phone was located, which indicated she had likely jumped from the footbridge into the gorge, approximately 300 feet below. Volunteers from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit searched again May 2, but were unable to locate her body.

Detectives from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner's Office responded to the scene May 12 to continue the investigation. At this time, no foul play is suspected.