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Human Remains Found In The Gifford Pinchot NF

Media Release

Monday, 24 April, 2017


On April 21, 2017 at approximately 7:15pm, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a hiker reporting that he found human remains. The hiker, Barry Hart, Vancouver, WA advised our office that while hiking in the area of Dry Creek, in the Trapper Creek Wilderness area, 16 miles north of Carson, Washington, he located a deceased person.

Deputies responded and interviewed Hart. He advised he was approximately 3 miles from the Trapper Creek Trailhead when he discovered the remains of a white male adult, obviously deceased. He proceeded back to his vehicle and upon obtaining cellular service called the Sheriff’s Office. He provided photographs and a GPS location of the body.

Deputies and SAR personnel from Wind River Search & Rescue, Silver Star Search & Rescue, and Clark County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue responded to the area and located the body at approximately 0219 am Saturday morning. They retrieved the remains after navigating through waist deep snowdrifts and several blow down trees. The body was then turned over to the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy and positive identification.

On April 24, 2017 the remains were positively identified as Joshua A. Brown, 24, of Sunriver, Oregon.

Brown was the suspected driver of a stolen truck involved in a high speed pursuit on March 20, 2017 in the Carson, Washington area. The pursuit concluded with the suspect, and lone occupant, fleeing on foot into the Government Mineral Springs (GMS) area, which is in the Trapper Creek Wilderness. This area was snowbound and the cabins in the GMS can only be reached by snowshoe or snowmobile during the winter months. The area was searched by Sheriff’s Office personnel and our K9 unit.  The cabin owners association was also advised to report any suspicious persons or circumstances.

The Sheriff’s Office continued search efforts on several occasions with the last being on April 20, 2017. During this time Brown was officially reported as a missing person through his family.

The area Brown’s remains were located was approximately  2.5 miles,  straight line from the vehicle, or 3 miles up the Dry Creek Trail.

There were no obvious signs of injury and the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet determined a cause of death, the investigation is on-going.




Pat Bond


Skamania County S.O.

P.O. Box 790

Stevenson, WA 98648