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61-year-old’s body found in wooded area near Ridgefield in April

Cause and manner of death still pending

By Mia Ryder-Marks, Columbian staff reporter
Published: May 6, 2024, 2:28pm

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the 61-year-old man whose body was found in an encampment south of Ridgefield in April.

Authorities estimated Jerry Wayne Whittier had been in the camp for as long as a year.

The medical examiner’s office said Monday that it did not have a city of residence for Whittier and his cause and manner of death are still pending.

Whittier was initially found dead April 22 in a homeless encampment in a wooded area near Northeast 179th Street and 10th Avenue, just south of Ridgefield.

Because the site was difficult to access, volunteers from Clark County Search and Rescue and Silver Star Search and Rescue cut a path through the woods April 23.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office’s major crimes unit and the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office disassembled the tent and recovered the remains.