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Gonzaga University student, friend die in fall from Pacific Crest Trail

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 9:44 p.m.

A sign shows where the Timberline Trail and Pacific Crest Trail intersect and combine for several miles on the west slope of Mount Hood near Government Camp, Ore., Sept. 20, 2013. Backpackers frantically tried to save the life of one of the two young Portland women who apparently fell to their deaths Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, at Mount Hood, a series of calls to Clackamas County 911 show. (Bennett Hall / Associated Press)
A sign shows where the Timberline Trail and Pacific Crest Trail intersect and combine for several miles on the west slope of Mount Hood near Government Camp, Ore., Sept. 20, 2013. Backpackers frantically tried to save the life of one of the two young Portland women who apparently fell to their deaths Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, at Mount Hood, a series of calls to Clackamas County 911 show. (Bennett Hall / Associated Press)

PORTLAND – A Portland school is remembering two 19-year-old women who died in an apparent fall along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Emily Lang and Emma Place graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 2016, and the school planned a community prayer service for Tuesday night.

Place attended Gonzaga University in Spokane and Lang attended Western Washington University in Bellingham.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said the bodies were found Saturday at the base of a waterfall on Mount Hood. The women had been camping at the top of the waterfall, and it’s believed they slipped and fell 150 feet.

Authorities have been unable to find witnesses who saw the women fall.


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