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18-year-old suspected of pushing girl off Moulton Falls bridge ID’d

Investigators forward their case to prosecuting attorney’s office

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Local News Editor
Published: August 14, 2018, 12:24pm

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit has completed its investigation into the Moulton Falls bridge incident and is forwarding the case to the prosecutor’s office for consideration of charges.

The sheriff’s office said the suspect, identified as 18-year-old Taylor Smith, is cooperating with investigators, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

Smith is suspected of pushing Jordan Holgerson, 16, of Kalama off the bridge at Moulton Falls Regional Park on Aug. 7 after Holgerson planned to voluntarily jump off but hesitated.

Holgerson was standing on the edge of the bridge when she was pushed and fell more than 50 feet into the East Fork of the Lewis River. Despite her attempt to land toes first, Holgerson belly-flopped into the water. She broke five ribs and punctured both of her lungs in the fall.

During a Thursday press conference at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where Holgerson was recovering, a trauma surgeon said it may take months for the teen to fully heal.