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Update: Victim Identified - Death Investigation - Highway 26 in Rhododendron
02/26/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office and Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office, is continuing the investigation into the death of a woman Thursday night on Highway 26 in the Rhododendron area. The victim is identified as BRIDGET MAUREEN McGOWAN (aka: Bridget Maureen Sherbahn), age 52, from Gresham. An autopsy was completed Friday afternoon at the State Medical Examiner's Office confirming that the injuries that caused her death were consistent with injuries sustained from being run over by a vehicle.
 
The ongoing investigation by OSP detectives started following a report on February 25, 2010 at approximately 9:15 p.m. that a woman, later identified as BRIDGET McGOWAN, was found critically injured on the westbound lanes of Highway 26 near milepost 44. Investigators confirmed there was a reported verbal disturbance involving the victim and her 22-year old daughter who was visiting with her boyfriend at a cabin rented by the victim and victim's boyfriend. Information that the victim may have fallen from a pickup prior to her death is pending confirmation through the ongoing investigation. She died at the scene.
 
A white 1996 Dodge pickup with camper reportedly involved was spotted by an OSP trooper westbound and stopped near milepost 29 east of Sandy. Another trooper and officers from Clackamas County and Sandy Police Department responded to the stop location to assist.
 
Driving the pickup at the time of the stop was the victim's daughter. The passenger was the driver's 21-year old boyfriend. Both previously lived in California but now are believed to be living in the pickup's camper. They have cooperated with the investigation and no arrests were made. Their names are not being released pending further investigation.