Autopsy fails to determine cause of death of Marie Hanson at Rainbow gathering

Toxicology may help, says Skamania undersheriff




An autopsy conducted by the Clark County Medical Examiner did not establish the cause or manner of death of Marie Hanson, who was last seen at the Rainbow Family gathering in July.

“With skeletal remains, it might be very difficult to actually determine that,” Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox said Wednesday.

It’s possible an upcoming toxicology analysis from Hanson’s body could help, Cox said.

“It ‘s just going to be one thing at a time to try and get that puzzle together,” he added.

Hanson, a California resident, had attended the large gathering at Skookum Meadows in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, but failed to return from the event or contact her family.

Her remains were found near Big Creek. More information about her is at

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