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Man falls to death at Angel's Rest

A 29-year-old man died Saturday, Aug. 31, after he fell 75 feet from the top of Angel's Rest trail in the Columbia Gorge, said Lt. Steve Alexander of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Michael A. Cigler of Hillsboro had been hiking with a friend that morning.

At approximately 10 a.m. the woman called for help, telling deputies Cigler had fallen from a rock the two had been sitting on near the top of the Angel's Rest trail, the sheriff's office reports.

The caller said Cigler was not responding to her calls and thick brush obstructed her view of him, Alexander said.

As rescuers made their way to the trailhead, a passing hiker climbed down to the fallen man.

The hiker reported Cigler was unresponsive and had no detectable pulse.

A rescue team from the Corbett Fire department rappelled down to his body and confirmed Cigler dead.

Authorities believe Cigler fell about 75 feet down off the trail and then another 30 to 40 feet before he rolled to a stop on the hill.

The sheriff's office reports alcohol may have been a contributing factor. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office cannot confirm alcohol was a factor until tests are complete in about two weeks.

Angel's Rest trail was closed while authorities recovered Cigler's body.



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