Rescue crews find man's body in vehicle at bottom of ravine

Rescue crews find man's body in vehicle at bottom of ravine »Play Video
Crews work to pull a vehicle from the bottom of a ravine off the East Historic Columbia River Highway. (KATU photo)

CORBETT, Ore. – Multnomah County Detectives are investigating a body found Sunday in a vehicle at the bottom of a ravine off the East Historic Columbia River Highway.

A hiker spotted a wrecked vehicle at the bottom of a ravine on Saturday, according to Lt. Steve Alexander with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. Search crews met on Sunday morning to hike down the car and investigate. When they reached the vehicle they found a man's body inside.

KATU's Erica Nochlin said the car was severely damaged. Investigators said it was there a while before it was found.

Alexander said in a news release that crews recovered the vehicle at around 5 p.m. Authorities closed the Old Columbia River Highway between Latourell Falls and Crown Point until the investigation is complete.

The body will be turned over to the medical examiner for an autopsy.