Search for missing climber continues on Mount Jefferson

Officials say Vanpelt has not yet been located due to the terrain consisting of snow, cliffs, large boulders, crevices and rock scree.

Posted: Jul 25, 2021 12:38 PM
Updated: Jul 25, 2021 12:41 PM

LINN COUNTY, Ore. -- The search for a 33-year-old Salem resident, Steven Vanpelt, who deputies say fell among extreme mountainous terrain while descending Mount Jefferson Friday morning continues.

A witness described losing sight of Vanpelt after he fell several hundred feet, officials said.

This happened around 11:45 a.m. Friday.

Marion County Sheriff's Office received the initial information and started sending resources to the area and planning for a rescue. Linn County Deputies responded as well and have led the search efforts with the Linn County Search and Rescue Team.

Officials said this area is extremely dangerous and requires technical mountaineers to traverse the mountainside. Vanpelt has not yet been located due to the terrain consisting of snow, cliffs, large boulders, crevices and rock scree.

Deputies have called for help from multiple teams throughout Oregon as teams exhaust themselves in the search effort. Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Eugene Mountain Rescue, Deschutes Mountain Rescue and Portland Mountain Rescue have all responded to the area for the search effort, police said.

Multiple flights have been conducted by LifeFlight and the United States Army National Guard through the days following the initial report.

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