Assault suspect found dead in Gorge ravine

Assault suspect found dead in Gorge ravine

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by Michael Rollins, KGW Staff

kgw.com

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 5:40 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:43 AM

CORBETT, Ore. -- A man whose body was discovered inside a car in a Columbia Gorge ravine off Crown Point was the suspect in a vicious December attack on his estranged wife in a Shilo Inn motel, police said.

He was identified Monday as Aaron Bryce-Dolve Griffin, 34, of Hillsboro.

Griffin's body was discovered inside a wrecked vehicle at the bottom of a ravine near Crown Point.

On December 17, Washington County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the Shilo Inn at 9900 Southwest Canyon Road. Witnesses reported that Griffin used a pry bar to break into a room through two doors, then a window.

Once inside, he dragged his estranged wife from the room by the neck, into the parking lot and toward a Dodge Durango.

A good Samaritan was able to intervene, holding Griffin down while telling her to run. She suffered deep cuts and bruises.

Once she was free, the man let go of Griffin and backed away.

It was the last time anyone had seen Griffin and police issued a call for help in locating him.

A hiker found the vehicle about 5 p.m. Saturday at the bottom of an embankment off the East Historic Columbia River Highway.

Responding crews could see the vehicle but had trouble getting to it because of the difficult terrain and time of day, said Lt. Steve Alexander with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

At 10 a.m. Sunday, crews from multiple agencies finally reached the bottom of the ravine and confirmed a body was inside, Alexander said.

The highway was closed between Latourell Falls and Crown Point while authorities investigated. The vehicle was pulled up to the highway later Sunday.

 Authorities were unsure how long it had been in the ravine.

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