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September 28, 2021
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Man Dies in Fall From Trail (Photo)
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Man Dies in Fall From Trail (Photo)

ASHLAND, Ore. – A man fell to his death Wednesday night while hiking on a trail northeast of Ashland. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) search and rescue (SAR) tactical rope rescue team (TRRT) recovered the man’s body at the base of a steep cliff.

On May 22, 2019, at 8:08 p.m., dispatch received a call from a woman reporting a man had fallen from the Lost Falls trail. The woman had to hike to another location to obtain cell phone coverage to call 911.

JCSO deputies responded to the area with personnel from Ashland Fire & Rescue and Mercy Flights. The man was found deceased in the water at the base of a 100-foot cliff.

The victim was identified as Michael Kent Brewster, 63, of Medford. His family has been notified of his death.

JCSO search and rescue (SAR) personnel returned Thursday morning to recover Brewster’s body during daylight hours. An investigator with the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office accompanied SAR during the recovery effort. The cause and manner of death is under investigation.

Case #19-10084


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