Skamania County Sheriff's Office
200 Vancouver Ave . PO Box 790 . Stevenson, WA 98648
 509/427-9490 . Fax 427-4369 .

David S. Brown

David Cox

Marlea McKenzie
Chief Civil Deputy

Patrick Bond
Chief Criminal Deputy

Mary Apodaca
Jail Superintendent





DATE: 06/12/03.

SUBJECT: Drowning Victims Located.

On Thursday, June 12th  Sheriff Brad Lohrey of Sherman County requested the Skamania County Dive Team to respond for a possible drowning. At approximately 10:00 AM  divers, in 19 feet of water, recovered a body of an adult male. The drowning occurred in an old gravel pit in the town of Rufus.  The gravel pit is a tributary off of the Columbia River.   Anyone with information concerning this matter should contact the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office at 541-565-3622.

Later in the afternoon, Skamania County Divers recovered the body of Lauren Orton in the upper Wind River. Orton was pinned in a waterfall upstream from the High Bridge. The water level had lowered approximately 14” since the accident on April 27th, allowing divers to access her body.

End Press Release
Arne Gonser
Sergeant, Skamania County Sheriff’s Office


Number since 06/14/03