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Missing Woodburn man's body found in rural Clackamas County river

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Water rescue personnel have located and recovered the body of a Woodburn man who has been missing since the vehicle he was traveling in crashed into the Callawash River on Sunday morning.

The crash injured a 19-year-old Tigard woman who lost control of the vehicle during a late-night trip from Bagby Hot Spring.

Irinei Burkoff, 26, of Woodburn, was a passenger in a pickup truck that was driving in rural eastern Clackamas County when the driver lost control and crashed the truck into the river.

The truck had been traveling on Forest Service Road 63, east of Estacada, leading to Bagby Hot Springs, around 3:28 a.m. when the driver, lost control.

The driver and a 15-year-old female passenger were able to escape, but Burkoff could not be located.

Search crews have scoured the area for four days, searcing for burkoff's remains.

Around 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, a relative of Burkoff's searching in the area saw what they believed to be his remains in the river, about two-and-a-half miles downstream from the crash site.

Water-rescue personnel responded and confirmed that this was the missing man.

The operation to recover the Burkoff's body took several hours.

A recovery operation was mounted that included loading the body onto an inflatable craft to cross the river, followed by using ropes to climb an approximate 60-foot cliff.

The deputy medical examiner and family members on scene confirmed the identity of the victim at about 7:30 p.m.

The victim's death was determined to be a result of the crash and related conditions, deputies said. No foul play is suspected.

How did we get here?

A witness saw the crash and drove a half-hour to the Timber Lake Job Corporation, near the Ripple Brook Ranger Station, to call 911. The Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium responded to the scene.

Deputies found the 15-year-old girl on the far side of the river and had to send a boat across the river to rescue her. Both females were taken to a local hospital. Deputies said they were not seriously injured.

The driver told police she did not see Burkhoff get out of the vehicle and believed he was trapped inside. However, when the truck was recovered Monday, having been completely submerged under two to four feet of water, Burkhoff was not inside.

According to the sheriff’s office, the fast moving current had prevented divers and water rescue crews from investigating to see if anyone was trapped inside the vehicle on the day of the crash.

The circumstances surrounding the crash are still under investigation.