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Scappoose area man dies after falling in Multnomah Channel

Sheriff's Office says man likely fell off roof of floating home

A man's body was recovered from the Multnomah Channel Wednesday evening in what investigators deemed an accidental drowning.

According to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Patrick Allan Miller, 54, was found in the water around 7:30 p.m. by a neighbor near the floating homes at Multnomah Channel Yacht Club on Dike Road, just outside city limits in Scappoose.

Deputies suspect Miller may have fallen off his roof while he was working atop his home and hit his head on the dock during the fall.

Neighbors made contact with Miller earlier that day and expected to hear from him again before Wednesday night. When they hadn't heard from Miller, they looked around and found him floating in the water, Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson explained.

“The official cause of death was determined to be drowning,” Dickerson said.

Dickerson said Miller had already died when he was discovered by neighbors. Deputies arrived on scene at 7:46 p.m.

Miller lived in one of the floating homes. Dickerson said it appears he lived alone.

Scappoose Rural Fire District also responded to the call.

Dickerson said reports of drownings aren't uncommon in the county, which borders the Columbia River, but they're less common in the residential areas.

“In this case, it was someone who was incapacitated by a fall and couldn't manage, causing him to take in water,” Dickerson said.