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Woman suffered fatal head injury Friday, Aug. 19, after falling on Multnomah Falls-Larch Mountain Trail.

COURTESY PHOTO: MCSO - A woman fell to her death while hiking in the Columbia River Gorge. A 62-year-old hiker fell to her death Friday afternoon, Aug. 19, while recreating in the Columbia River Gorge.

Around 1:15 p.m. emergency dispatchers received reports that a woman had suffered a head injury after falling nearly 100 feet at Wiesendanger Falls in the gorge. While firefighters from the Corbett Fire District and deputies from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office were en route, bystanders began CPR on the woman.

Firefighters deployed from the Multnomah Falls Lodge and reached the hiker, who was about 1.3 miles from the trailhead. The victim, Jessica Warejoncas of Minnesota, was pronounced dead at the scene. Multnomah County Search & Rescue helped recover the body.

Warejoncas was hiking with a group of friends on the Multnomah Falls-Larch Mountain Trail, #441. Her fellow hikers received emotional support and mental health resources following the death.


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