- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say a mountain climber died in a fall at Three Fingered Jack in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness.

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley says 22-year-old Tyler Heilman of Bend was near the summit Sunday afternoon when he fell.

Searchers found his body 4 ½ hours after 9-1-1 dispatchers received the emergency call. The recovery was put off until Monday because of the rugged terrain and approaching darkness.

Riley says Heilman and a 23-year-old climbing partner were at an elevation of about 7,700 feet. The sheriff says Heilman was not roped in and he fell 500 to 600 feet.


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