The Sandy Police Department announced May 2 that they recovered the body of 18-year-old Brandon Powell from the Clackamas River April 28. After a caller reported seeing a body floating in the river, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office dive team discovered Powell near Milo McIver State Park.
Since the news broke, the Wilsonville community has rallied around the Powell family and the Elizabeth Benedick family, who Isaac Powell, Brandon Powell's younger brother, resides with in Wilsonville.
Molly Martin, founder of food delivery service We Deliver Eats, and a Wilsonville mother whose son was friends with Powell when he attended Wilsonville High School and made a public plea on Facebook for donations to a gift card for meals for the Benedick family.
"Liz (Benedick) just happens to be a personal friend and Brandon was a friend to my son," Marin wrote. "It's these types of days, small reminders, life is way too short!"
The Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the body pulled from the river was Powell, who had been missing from his family home in Estacada since March 12. Although the examiner's office has yet to determine a specific cause of death, they reported that there were no signs of foul play.
Kjersti Sweger Sanders of Sandy has also put together a GoFundMe account with a goal of $5,000 to help cover Powell's memorial costs.
Services have yet to be announced.