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Officers believe man, 74, fell off cliff

There are no signs of foul play in grandfather's death

Members of the Washington County Search and Rescue Team recovered the body of a missing 74-year-old Southeast Portland man Sunday afternoon on the west side of Rooster Rock State Park.

Nearly 20 people from the Multnomah and Washington county search and rescue squads participated in the search for Jesse Erlewine, 74, who had gone missing the previous evening, Saturday, Sept. 16, said Lt. Jason Gates, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Erlewine had been fishing with his adult son and two grandchildren at the park Saturday evening, when he moved ahead of the group to find a good spot to fish, Gates said.

After searching for Erlewine without success, a family member called 9-1-1 at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Crews continued their search throughout the night but to no avail. Members of the Washington County Search and Rescue team spotted Erlewine's body at the bottom of a steep rock face at 2:15 p.m. Sunday.

A press release issued by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office noted that there are no developed trails in the area, but fishermen often wander through the area and cross the Interstate-84 barrier to reach their favorite fishing holes.

Officers believe Erlewine fell off the cliff.

There were no signs of foul play, and drugs and alcohol were not involved, Gates said.

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