Search for missing woman becomes recovery mission
The search for a missing 50-year-old woman has moved from a rescue to a recovery mission.
Jennifer Camus Moore, of Warrendale, was swept away by a landslide near Dodson in the Columbia River Gorge. In the early hours of Wednesday, Jan. 13, debris loosed by heavy rain rolled across Interstate 84, pulling Moore's vehicle off the roadway.
Moore's husband, Charles Moore, described seeing the car disappear during the poor conditions caused by the storm.
The search for Moore's remains has been slow due to the numerous difficulties posed by the mud — including hidden holes, unstable footing, sticky texture and lack of visibility. During a Jan. 14, update, officials said they were unable to find Moore's car and only heavy machinery will be able to recover it.
It is unclear how long it will take to locate the vehicle. They added the goal is to bring closure to her family.
Emergency responders with the Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Police and Sheriff's Office have been working to clear the landslide debris before more rain hits the region, as further slides remain likely. In some places, the debris flow is believed to be about 10 to 12 feet deep.
Charles Moore said they had been married for nearly 18 years and their anniversary was coming up in a few days. They have two children.
"I want to thank all the search-and-rescue teams that have been putting themselves at risk," Charles told KOIN 6 News.
Moore worked as a charge nurse at Legacy Samaritan in the oncology unit.
"All of her friends that I've ever met, all of her patients, they all say the same thing — she's a really hardworking nurse," Charles told KOIN 6. "I had to go off work a couple years ago and she took a second job. She's a hardworking person and a good person."
The family was traveling eastbound on I-84 around 12:45 a.m. Charles Moore said his wife was behind his car when "all of a sudden he heard her screaming and crashing sounds over the phone."
One lane of eastbound I-84 was reopened Jan. 14.
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