Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office
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Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office conducting death investigation after duck hunter found deceased - 01/16/15
Update: The deceased has been identified as Steven Wayne Gustafson, Age 61, of Portland, OR. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner ruled the Cause of Death as drowning and the Manner of Death as Accidental. There were no signs of foul play.

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On Wednesday January 14, 2015 at approximately 10:20 a.m. MCSO deputies and Sauvie Island Fire responded to 19400 NW St. Helens Rd. after a duck hunter called in and reported finding his hunting partner in the water near where they were duck hunting unconscious and not breathing. He pulled his friend from the water to the shore and began administering CPR until emergency responders arrived. Emergency personnel were unable to revive the person and he was declared deceased at the scene.

The duck hunters had been out hunting in the area that morning and had been hunting from different duck blinds located in the area around the waterway they were hunting at. He found his hunting partner in the water when he returned to check in with him.

MCSO detectives are handling the death investigation and the body has been turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. Preliminary investigation indicates there are no obvious signs of foul play. Identification of the deceased is being withheld pending family notifications.