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Deputy Baker DRONE pic
Deputy Baker DRONE pic
Kalama River Road UPDATE: with PIC:--completely blocked about 2 miles east of I-5 in Cowlitz County: Power out. (Photo) - 09/17/18

Update Monday: Noon:  Attached is a pic of the slide taken by Sheriff Deputy Derek Baker with the department drone.   Public Works reports the geotechnical inspector approved the work on the slide and public works crews epect to have the slide cleared and the road opened this afternoon. 

I do not have an estimate of the number of homes beyond the slide.  (Sorry). 

CCD Rosenzweig 



Kalama, Washington - A slide is completely blocking the Kalama River Road in Cowlitz County, Washington.  The slide is just east of Mahafey's campground which slightly more than 2 miles east of I-5.   The power is also out in the area.  

The Sheriff's Office has brought in extra deputies who will be patrolling the area throughout the night. 

Public Work crews have put out signage on both sides of the blockage and they have also opened up the detour route that goes up over the 8100 logging road that connects to the Little Kalama River Road off of the Lewis River Highway (SR503).   They have also contacted Geo-Technical experts who will be on site tomorrow to evaluate the slide and if it is determined that it is safe to clear the road they will do so.  

The Cowlitz PUD is on site and will be working to re-establish power to the area.  They hope to be able to complete the repair tonight. 

The Department of Emergency Management is aware of the circumstances and they have been publishing info on social media.

Local schools have also been notified.    The fire and EMS have been advised and they are prepared to handle calls for service. 

There will be more media releases as events change.

CCD. C. Rosenzweig

Attached Media Files: Deputy Baker DRONE pic
Henry Ramirez: Missing
Henry Ramirez: Missing
UPDATE 3 - Cowlitz Sheriff: Photo of briefing searchers this morning. : Searchers locate body of missing Woodland man (Photo) - 08/22/18

UPDATE#3:  Photo of Cowlitz Sheriff Deputy Fred Taylor, Search Cooridinator.   This is a photo of Deputy Taylor conducting a breifing of the searchers this morning.   Searchers found Ramirez shortly after this photo was taken.  




UPDATE 2: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 @ 0950. Shortly after 9 a.m., Search and Rescue personnel reportedly located the body of Mr. Ramirez roughly a mile from the end of the paved portion of Fredrickson. Investigators are on-scene. There is no further information available at this time, but there are no suspicious anomolies reported. The next of kin have been notified.

Sherff Nelson still plans to be available at the Fredrickson Road location at 1 p.m.


UPDATE: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 @ 0930. Searchers are on-scene on Fredrickson Rd. this morning. Sheriff Nelson will be available for press at 1 p.m. at the end of the paved portion of Fredrickson Rd.


Woodland, Wash – Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office began the search, about 10:30 a.m. today for a Woodland resident after friends and family reported he did not show up for an appointment this morning.

The missing man is Enrique “Henry” Ramirez.    He is 51, 5’ 9” and 160 lbs.    Mr. Ramirez friends went to his house and found his car, wallet and cell phone were still at his house.     A friend of Mr. Ramirez visited with him last night and he said that he was going jogging in the morning.  Mr. Ramirez frequently goes for a run in the area around his house, which is in the 400 block of Frederickson Road, about 7 miles east of Woodland Washington.

Search and Rescue personnel, Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s and other volunteers are on scene and more are on the way.   There is a Sheriff’s Sergeant who is on scene and two deputies sheriff’s.    The area is being searched by car, by foot, and by drone. 

The Sheriff’s Office is looking to talk with anyone who may have seen Mr. Ramierz, or have an idea where he might be.  They should call the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office at 360-577-3092. 

See photo attached to release. 

There is no indication there is foul play involved. 

CCD Rosenzweig

Attached Media Files: Henry Ramirez: Missing , Search Briefing
Cowlitz Sheriff investigating drowning at Silver Lake - seeks public's help from boaters on the lake on Saturday - 08/22/18

Silver Lake, Wash - The Cowtliz County Sheriff detectives are investigating a drowning that happened at Silver Lake last Saturday.   The victim, Paul David Elf, 42, of Castle Rock, was last seen by his girlfriend at about 3: 00. p.m.  when he told her he was going for a swim.     About 30 minutes later a boater in the area saw a man in the water face down and he was not responsive.  Peopel in the area helped get Mr. Elf out of the water and performed CPR.    They were able to get a pulse and he was transported to the hospital (St John Longview) where he died hours later.  

The coroner conducted an autopsy last night and the result indicate that Mr. Elf died of drowning.   The examination also discovered Elf had broken ribs and a cracked vertebra.   These injuries could have been caused by a variety of different circumstances, including being struck by a boat. 

While we understand there will be a desire to ask whether or not these injuries could be caused by other means such as something of a criminal nature, we do not want to speculate.  

Detectives have been told there was a man who told people who were in the area that he "struck something" while boating in the lake shortly before Mr. Elf was discovered.   Unfortuately detectives do not know who this person is.

Detectives are asking for anyone who was boating on Silver Lake (about 7 miles east of Castle Rock) last Saturday in the mid afternoon to call and leave a message for Detective Cory Robinson.

We do not have picutures to release.    

CCD. Rosenzweig