Two Killed In Collawash River Crash

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has recovered a Chevrolet Tahoe that crashed in the Collawash River killing two men.

On Thursday, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team responded to the area of the Ripplebrook Ranger Station, which is approximately 25 miles east of Estacada along Highway 224, on a report of 2 missing men.  

Kevin Shaver and Chase Villarreal had not returned from their trip into East County and were last seen in their red Chevrolet Tahoe.

After an extensive search, on Friday at approximately 7:30 p.m. searchers located the vehicle fully submerged in the Collawash River.  Searchers located a dog along the far bank of the river and were able to rescue the dog on January 4th and then return on January 5th to retrieve the vehicle.

On January 5th Marine and Dive Rescue responded and were able to remove the vehicle from the river.  Inside the vehicle rescuers found the bodies of Shaver and Villarreal.  Investigators believe speed was a factor in the event that led the vehicle to leave the roadway and into the Collawash River.

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