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Grants Pass man killed, woman injured in fall near Umpqua Hot Springs

The 20-year-old woman from Grants Pass was hospitalized with serious injuries after she and the man fell from the cliff.

Posted: Sep 9, 2019 10:46 AM
Updated: Sep 9, 2019 4:42 PM

CLEARWATER, Ore. — One person from Grants Pass is dead and another injured after the two fell from a cliff-side near Umpqua Hot Springs, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO).

Dispatch received a call around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, reporting that a 20-year-old woman had fallen from a cliff in the 2000-block of Thorn Prairie Road. The road lies in the Umpqua National Forest near Toketee Ranger Station, about 60 miles east of Roseburg.

"The female was reported to be injured and needing medical assistance," the Sheriff's Office said. "Additionally, it was reported that a male subject had also fallen from a cliff and appeared to be deceased."

A coalition of Sheriff's deputies, Search & Rescue volunteers, staff from the U.S. Forest Service, and ambulance crews all responded to the scene.

The rescuers found 20-year-old Azrael Maujean and transported her to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg with serious injuries. They found 24-year-old Christian Simmons dead at the scene, recovering his body.

Investigators determined that both Maujean and Simmons had been around Umpqua Hot Springs on Saturday night when they got lost, stumbling over a 70-foot cliff.

"The next day, other people in the area of the hot springs located Maujean and called 911," DCSO said. "Neither subject had equipment for wilderness night travel."

The Sheriff's Office said that Simmons' next of kin has been notified.

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