LINN COUNTY, Ore. -- The search for a 33-year-old Salem resident, Steven Van Pelt, who deputies say fell among extreme mountainous terrain while descending Mount Jefferson Friday morning, July 23, 2021, continues.
A witness described losing sight of Van Pelt after he fell several hundred feet, officials said.
This happened around 11:45a Friday.
Marion County Sheriff's Office received the initial information and started sending resources to the area and planning for a rescue. Linn County Deputies responded as well and have led the search efforts with the Linn County Search and Rescue Team.
Officials said this area is extremely dangerous and requires technical mountaineers to traverse the mountainside. Van Pelt has not yet been located due to the terrain consisting of snow, cliffs, large boulders, crevices and rock scree.
Deputies have called for help from multiple teams throughout Oregon as teams exhaust themselves in the search effort. Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Eugene Mountain Rescue, Deschutes Mountain Rescue and Portland Mountain Rescue have all responded to the area for the search effort, police said.
Multiple flights have been conducted by LifeFlight and the United States Army National Guard through the days following the initial report.
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33 years old
Foul Play Suspected: No
Suspected Suicide: No
Cause of Death: Unknown / Unreported / Missing
Reported missing on July 23, 2021 - 612 days, 16 hours, 29 minutes ago
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Pao YangdamnMarch 30, 2022 at 6:11 am
Damn this fall not found are cause by Super Natural Force otherwise Stephen van pelt should have been found from the started… You Fall You Die Depending on the high,but to be Search & Not Found That Scary??!! R.I.P!!
Judaea RojoJuly 30, 2021 at 7:38 pm
The search for Steven Van Pelt has been suspended. More here: https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2021/07/24/oregon-fallen-climber-mount-jefferson-rescue-effort/8083323002/