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Body of woman caught in Columbia River Gorge landslide recovered

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Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputies recovered the body of a 50-year-old woman Saturday after her car was swept away and buried by a landslide in the Columbia River Gorge earlier this month.

Jennifer Moore, 50, was driving her SUV as part of a caravan of cars of family members who were evacuating the Warrendale area shortly after midnight Jan. 13. Authorities had advised residents of the area to leave their homes due to torrential rains that night that had increased the risk of flash floods and landslides.

Moore was driving near the community of Dodson, east of Multnomah Falls, when the landslide hit.

A day later, searchers found part of her car which they said appeared to have detached from the rest of it. They continued to search for her body, which they had said could have been buried under 15 feet of mud and debris.

The sheriff’s office shared no new details Saturday about the circumstances leading to Moore’s death or about the recovery. The sheriff’s office tweeted thanks to Corbett Fire District 14, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Multnomah County Search and Rescue team “for their help in bringing closure to the Moore family and greater Dodson community.”

The sheriff’s office said workers will continue to clear debris from the area.

According to the Catholic Sentinel, Moore was a member of St. Henry Parish in Gresham, the mother of two children at Jesuit High School, about to celebrate her 18th anniversary with her husband and an oncology charge nurse at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland.

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