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The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received notification yesterday afternoon from searchers with Silver Star search and rescue that evidence had been located in the search for Joel Presler from Vancouver.  Deputies responded to the location near where Presler’s vehicle had been found on 11/15/17.  After investigating the discovery of the items located, a short search of the surrounding area resulted in locating the body of Joel Presler.

An autopsy will be conducted by the Clark County medical examiners office.

 There was nothing located at the scene to indicate anything suspicious regarding the death.

 Warmer temperatures late this week resulted in the reduction of much of the snow in the search area.  Weather conditions gave reason for the searchers to return to the area for a training mission and resulted in locating the evidence, and subsequently, Presler’s body, within close proximity to where the vehicle was parked.

 The investigation is continuing in order to understand what led to Presler’s death.


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 Dave Brown