Body Of Trail Runner Found

The body of a 33-year-old old Camas trail runner was found early Sunday at the bottom of a cliff.  The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office said searchers had been looking for Nicholas Wells since his wife reported him missing Friday evening after he had gone on a run on the Pacific Crest Trail and not returned.  The Sheriff’s Office says due to the terrain, cell phone tower data on Saturday was not able to provide a narrow search location, leaving searchers working a wide search area including both the Pacific Crest and Ruckel Creek trails.  But more precise location information provided late in the evening by the family allowed searchers to locate Wells at about 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning at the bottom of an 80-foot cliff, about a mile from the freeway.  Searchers confirmed he was deceased, and his body was recovered on Sunday.  The Hood River Crag Rats, Portland Mountain Rescue, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, Clackamas Search and Rescue, Oregon Air National Guard, and the Sheriff’s Office all took part in the search.

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