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Body of missing woman recovered from base of Brookings cliff

Search and rescue recovered the body of a 31-year-old woman from near the waterline at Chetco Point.

Posted: Mar 7, 2019 5:53 PM

BROOKINGS, Ore. — The body of a woman who had been reported missing earlier in the week was recovered from the base of a cliff at Chetco Point on Wednesday, according to Curry County Sheriff John Ward.

Brookings Police first contacted the Curry County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) on Wednesday to request assistance in recovering the body.

"Lt. Dotson of the Brookings Police Department provided information that the female victim was between seventy and one hundred feet below the cliff near the water’s edge," said Sheriff Ward.

CCSO called in its Search and Rescue team to the area, while authorities also requested a helicopter from the U.S. Coast Guard.

"Upon arrival, SAR devised a rope rescue system and a SAR member rappelled down to the female victim and secured her in soft stokes," Sheriff Ward said.

Other rescuers, Brookings police officers, Sheriff's deputies, and firefighters hauled on the ropes to raise both the victim's body and the SAR member up.

According to Ward, the victim was identified as a 31-year-old woman — a Brookings resident who had been reported missing to the Brookings Police on March 5. While the circumstances of her death remain unknown, Ward said that there did not appear to be foul play involved. Officers with Brookings PD contacted the woman's next of kin and will continue the investigation into her death.

"The coordination between agencies on this recovery was exceptional and the Curry County SAR team did an amazing job getting the female victim back to the top of the cliff where Brookings Police released her to Redwood Memorial. Our hearts and condolences go out to the family for the tragic loss," Sheriff Ward said.

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