Saturday, 14 July 2018
On 7113118 at approximately 7:1Opm the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office were notified of a fall victim at Panther Creek Falls, north of Carson, Washington. A Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) received the initial information and responded to the area with Skamania County EMS, Skamania County Deputy’s, and Fire District #2.
The LEO arrived first and contacted a witness who saw the hiker fall. He was able to access her location and immediately began live saving measures. The hiker, Leslie N. Mar, 23, of Vancouver, Washington was unable to be resuscitated and died of injuries sustained in 100′ fall from Panther Creek Falls.
Information received from witnesses was Mar and her hiking partner had been hiking on or near the ledge at the Falls. Her hiking partner turned after nearing their destination and watched as she slipped and fell.
Due to the rugged location and hours of darkness, Mar’s body was recovered the next morning by members of the Clark County Search and Rescue and Skamania County EMS Ropes team. An autopsy will be conducted by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office in Vancouver, Washington.