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Woman dies after jumping off Angels Rest Trail

Rescuers talked to the Lake Oswego woman before she jumped

A 41-year-old Lake Oswego woman jumped to her death off a local hiking trail Sunday, Sept. 25.

The woman was identified as Angela Marie Zinsli, said Lt. Derrick Peterson, spokesman for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Her boyfriend reported her missing to Lake Oswego police late Friday, Sept. 23, adding that she was distraught and loved spending time in the Columbia River Gorge, Peterson said.

On Sunday morning at about 10 a.m., state park rangers found her car at the Angel's Rest Trailhead parking area. About 35 volunteer search and rescuers scoured the area and found her 2.2 miles up the trail at about 2 p.m.

'They were talking to her for a good hour and a half,' Peterson said. But the distraught woman refused to come down and wouldn't cooperate with rescuers.

Deputies began making the 45-minute trip up the rugged trail to talk to the woman, but she jumped off a steep incline, falling 100 feet to her death before they could reach her.

Zinsli worked as business manager for Growing Gardens, a Northeast Portland-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting vegetable gardens as a resource for low-income families to fight hunger and improve nutrition.