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

Oregon State Police (OSP) and Marion County Medical Examiner are continuing the investigation into the death of a 22-year old male from Vancouver, Washington who fell Saturday afternoon from an edge overlooking the Drake Falls area at Silver Falls State Park.
Four photographs from the area accompany this release. Photo #1 is a view down to the area where the victim fell. Photos #2 is of Canyon Trail. Photo #3 is of the "No Trail" marked entrance to the area where the victim went. Photo #4 is the area where the victim fell from.  The photographs are provided as a reminder of the warnings State Parks provide to hikers on these trails.
The following is a link to the Silver Falls State Park hiking information:
According to responding OSP troopers and detective, on March 27, 2010 at approximately 1:34 p.m. OSP was notified by Marion County dispatch that a person had fallen from an area near one of the falls at Silver Falls State Park. State Parks rangers arrived first, followed by an EMT from Drake Crossing Fire Services. Woodburn EMS also arrived and pronounced the victim deceased.
The investigation indicates the victim NASEEM A. SHQUEIR, age 22, from Vancouver, Washington was part of a group of 13 people visiting Silver Falls State Park. The group was comprised of Washington State University students from the Vancouver campus. SHQUEIR reportedly a recent graduate from the campus and his parents live in Israel.
SHQUEIR and 2 others were separate from the main group hiking along Canyon Trail near Drake Falls. They stopped to take photographs and he apparently walked out of the others' sight into an area marked "no trail". Unknown to the other members of his group, SHQUEIR fell 50 – 75 feet to the rocks and water below.  Two area hikers notified one of the group's members that they saw someone fall off the edge to the water below.
The area where he fell was difficult to reach and emergency responders needed to use rappelling gear to reach him. Salem Fire Department's High Angle Rescue team responded and recovered the victim.