On Sunday June 3, 2018 the Oregon State Police and the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office responded to Troy on the Grande Ronde River in Wallowa County to conduct a death investigation involving two juveniles.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a father was rafting with his two juvenile sons when the raft hit a rock near Martins Misery Rapids, ejecting the two children from the raft and sending them down the swift, cold river. The father jumped into the river and attempted to rescue the children but was unable to locate them. Other groups of rafters on the river were able to locate the children but lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

The Oregon State Police were assisted by the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office, the Wallowa County District Attorney, and the Wallowa County Medical Examiner.