Steven Van Pelt

  • Limited Search Continues

About Steven Van Pelt's case

Primary Source: KEZI

According to,

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./*54745756836*/

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Investigative Details

  • Foul Play Suspected: No
  • Suicide Suspected: No
  • Cause of Death: Not Applicable

Significant Dates

  • Reported Missing: Friday, July 23, 2021 (3 years ago)
  • Date Found: No Date Available

Administrative Details

Monday, January 8, 2024 (5 months ago)

Missing NPF Public Identification Number (MPID) 10385

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