Search for woman in Clackamas River suspended

Search for woman in Clackamas River suspended

NEAR CARVER, Ore. – The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office suspended the search for a woman who disappeared in the Clackamas River near the Carver boat ramp Friday afternoon.

Meagan O'Meara-Clark, 26, of Canby, rafting and at about 4 p.m. upriver from the boat ramp. She got off the raft to swim and disappeared beneath the surface of the river. Her boyfriend began screaming for her and 9-1-1 was called.

“Despite the dive teams’ diligent efforts, the search at Carver Park has been suspended. Our thoughts and prayers to the family,” the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office tweeted late Saturday afternoon.

Clackamas County Marine patrol officers will continue to search for her during their normal patrols, Sgt. Robert Wurpes said.

One witness said O'Meara-Clark was rafting in an area she not supposed to be in. Swimmers say the current sucks people under at the spot because the water swirls around an area known as Kipling's Rock.

“Visibility is fantastic. It’s not mucked up,” said diver Robby Nashif. “Not like we’re diving in zero (visibility) conditions. If she were in the spots we’ve been looking, we’d be able to find her without a doubt.”

Sheriff's deputies say O'Meara-Clark was not wearing a life jacket.

“It’s very disheartening. I can speak for the rest of my team. We’re very frustrated,” said Nashif. “We want to bring closure to this family.”

O’Meara-Clark graduated from Canby High School. Her cousin, Nolan O’Meara, said she wasn’t drinking before she disappeared.

“I can’t stress it enough. Wear your life jacket on the river. We don’t want to have to cry for you guys either,” said O’Meara.

“I just hope we can find her, and have some closure,” he said. “You couldn’t ask for a more kind, gentle soul.”