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Death Investigation - Silver Falls State Park
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

A 56-year old Woodburn man died Friday night after apparently slipping and falling to his death while hiking in Silver Falls State Park. Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Marion County Sheriffs Office and the medical examiner, are continuing the investigation. The man's body was recovered Saturday morning.
On March 2, 2012 at 10:20 p.m. OSP received a report that DANIEL FRANK BONHAM, age 56, from Woodburn, was overdue after going hiking earlier in the day at Silver Falls State Park. OSP troopers, State Park rangers and Marion County Sheriffs Office Search & Rescue responded to the park at approximately 11:15 p.m. and began searching for the hiker.
At approximately 2:45 a.m. State Park rangers spotted the man's body near Winter Falls. The medical examiner was notified and an OSP detective responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. Due darkness, difficult terrain, and ice and snow on the trails, the recovery of his body started about 7:00 a.m. Recovery effort was coordinated by Marion County Search & Rescue.
Preliminary investigation indicates BONHAM slipped while hiking and fell about 100 feet to where he was found. Family members told investigators he was a frequent park visitor who knew the area well.
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