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2 young women die in fall off Pacific Crest Trail

Emma Place. A photograph of Emily Lang was not immediately available. (Contributed photo)

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

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said Monday that other hikers saw the women's bodies at the base of a waterfall and called 911 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, and Lang was a student at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

The Sheriff's Office says 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 locate any witnesses who saw the women falling. Other hikers came upon the scene shortly afterward.

Close friends of Place say she is remembered for her passion to serve others and God. Her father is a pastor at First Covenant Church.

“She was full of life and joy. She always had a smile on her face,” said Rob Mohrweis, associate director of Cascades Camp and Conference Center.

He said Place was an adventure guide this summer at the camp.

Steve Pace, a close family friend of the Place family, told KATU News that she had “a larger than life personality. She lived life to the filled and squeezed every ounce of it loving people and the Lord.”

He added that she took every opportunity to go on an adventure.

Both women graduated in 2016 from St. Mary’s Academy in Portland. Both finished their first year of college, Place at Gonzaga University in Spokane and Lang from Western Washington University in Bellingham.

St. Mary's Academy plans to honor and remember the two young women at a Tuesday night community prayer service

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about how they died.

Anyone with information about the incident, or who was on the Pacific Crest Trail between Timberline Lodge and Paradise Park around the time the bodies were spotted (before 5:45 pm on Saturday, Aug. 12) is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office at (503) 723-4949, or use their online email form.

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