Hiker found dead at base of Columbia Gorge cliff has been identified as a Portland woman

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A 63-year-old woman who was reported missing on Friday and later found dead on saturday at the bottom of a cliff near Horsetail Falls in the Columbia River Gorge has been publicly identified.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office officials said Monday that next of kin were notified and that the woman was Terina Kaye Chapman. Authorities originally thought she was 61, but clarified her age on Monday.

Chapman lived in Southeast Portland. Although her LinkedIn profile does not appear to have been updated in a few years, she listed herself as a “(p)aleo chef, caterer, culinary teacher, culinary advisor and counselor,” and noted that she had a bachelor’s degree in psychology. . She wrote that she had worked part-time at New Seasons for more than 13 years. She also said she ran a promotional public kitchen, testing recipes and giving three-hour seasonal classes to adults and youth.

She also wrote that she volunteered as a cook at a women’s shelter and as a cook for Mingus Mapps’ team while he was running for Portland City Council in 2020. No one from New Seasons or Mapps’ office responded to calls. from The Oregonian. /OregonLive.

Authorities have not said what caused Chapman’s death: whether he had a problem before falling or whether the fall caused his death. They know of no witnesses who saw what happened.

A friend reported Chapman missing after she did not return from a solo hike to Oneonta Falls on Friday. The sheriff’s office said they responded around 10 p.m. after the friend said she found Chapman’s car parked in the parking lot next to the Horsetail Falls Trailhead.

Sheriff’s deputies assigned to a team trained for rapid deployment on the Columbia River Gorge trails searched for Chapman throughout the night. Gresham police used drones to assist in the search.

Chapman did not have a cell phone with her, and officials say that made it harder to find her because they couldn’t use pings from cell towers.

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, more than 50 people, as well as sniffer dogs and drones, were scouring the area. His body was found around 12:30 p.m. The Hood River Crag Rats and search and rescue teams from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Wave participated in the operation.

– Aimee Green covers breaking news and the justice system. Contact her at 503-294-5119, agreen@oregonian.com either @o_aimee.

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