Outdoor school employee dies of drug overdose at Canby Grove
An outdoor school employee died of a drug overdose at Canby Grove Conference Center last week, police confirmed.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a suspicious death at the conference center on Wednesday, Oct. 23, according to Public Information Officer Marcus Mendoza.
The Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office determined the death was due to a drug overdose, Mendoza said.
The deceased was identified as Cameron Kent Faltersack, 30, of Lake Oswego.
Faltersack, whose work nickname was "Tumbleweed," was listed as a program leader at Canby Grove Outdoor School.
On the day after Faltersack's death, Mulnomah Education Service District's outdoor school coordinator, Jennifer Basham, initially disclosed in a letter to Canby Grove Outdoor School families that an employee had a medical emergency.
After receiving the go-ahead from police, she followed up with another letter to families on Monday, Oct. 28, announcing the death and revealing it was "drug-related."
"Cameron was a valued outdoor school employee and he will be missed," Basham wrote in the letter. "Times like these are a good reminder of the importance of connection and looking after one another. Please join us in keeping this young man and his family in your thoughts during this difficult time, and take good care of yourselves and your students."
Basham assured families that students were not present during the emergency and that no other students or employees were involved.
A spokesperson for MESD, Laura Conroy, confirmed that no children were present when the death occurred or when emergency personnel responded.
Conroy called the situation "heartbreaking," and echoed Basham's sentiments about Faltersack.
"Cameron was a valued member of the outdoor school program and this is an extremely difficult time for his coworkers," Conroy said in a statement to The Herald. "We have been in contact with his family and our thoughts are with them as they are experiencing a very public response to what is usually a private and tragic loss for a family."
KOIN 6 News, a Pamplin Media Group news partner, confirmed with the Oregon Department of Corrections that in 2014, Faltersack was convicted of possessing meth and given an 18-month probation sentence. Records show he completed that probation in June 2016.
Conroy said all applicants are fingerprinted and run through a background check by the Oregon Department of Education.
"We received a cleared notice from ODE for Cameron," she said.
Faltersack began working at the Canby Grove Outdoor School on Sept. 11, Conroy said.
According to Mendoza, the investigation is active and ongoing, and he said no further information is available for release at this time.
KOIN 6, a Pamplin Media Group news partner, contributed to this story.
This story has been updated.
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