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Death Investigation - Silver Falls State Park in Marion County

July 28, 2013


Working with the Marion County Medical Examiner's Office, Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Salem Area Command are investigating the death of a man after he collapsed while hiking in Silver Falls State Park.

On July 27, 2013 at approximately 4:30 p.m. (OSP) troopers responded to Silver Falls State Park for an unresponsive male that had been hiking in the area with his family. The male was identified by troopers as RICHARD PROKSCH, age 66, from Salem.

Shortly after PROKSCH became unresponsive a State Park Ranger arrived and performed CPR. Once medics arrived they continued to attempt to revive PROKSCH without success. PROKSCH was pronounced deceased at the location by emergency responders. (OSP) troopers and detectives with the assistance of the Marion County Medical Examiner's Office are continuing the investigation. Investigators believe the PROKSCH suffered an unknown medical condition.

(OSP) was assisted at the scene by (OSP) Major Crime Section Detectives, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Incident Response, Drakes Crossing Fire Department, and Oregon State Parks and Recreation.

 

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