Gonzaga student, WWU student die in fall off Pacific Crest Trail

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Two 19-year-old women are dead after a fall from the Pacific Crest Trail about six miles northwest of Timberline Lodge.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said Monday that other hikers saw the women's bodies and called 911 after they fell about 150 feet on Saturday evening.

Emma C. Place and Emily D. Lang, both 19, were pronounced dead at the scene by rescue teams.

They were both from Portland, where they graduated from St. Mary's Academy. The school announced on its Facebook page that a community prayer was planned for Tuesday night. Lang had attended Western Washington University in Bellingham and Place studied at Gonzaga University in Spokane. 

Authorities have been unable to locate any witnesses who saw the women falling.

Other hikers came upon the scene shortly afterward.

© 2017 Associated Press


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