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Body of Oregon nurse, 50, is found buried under 15 feet of ‘mud, rock and logs’ after landslide

Jennifer Camus Moore, 50, a registered nurse from Warrendale, was last seen alive on January 13

The body of an Oregon nurse who went missing for 10 days after she vanished when her car was swept away during a mudslide has been found under 15 feet of mud, rocks and logs.

Jennifer Camus Moore, 50, of Warrendale, had been driving through Dodson at approximately 1:15am on January 13 when her car was hit by a landslide and swept off the road.

Moore, a registered nurse, had been driving just behind her husband Charles, who said he was talking to her from his truck when the incident occurred.

He said he heard screaming and crashing sounds over the phone but the weather was so bad he could not see which direction Jennifer’s blue Ford Explorer went.

Moore, a mother-of-two, was not seen or heard from again. A desperate days-long search to find her was launched in the hours after, which came to a tragic end on Saturday after he body was recovered.

Moore in 2020

Moore, a registered Nurse, had been driving just behind her husband Charles (together in 2014), who said he was talking to her from his truck when the incident occurred

Moore (left in 2020), a registered nurse, had been driving just behind her husband Charles (right, together in 2014), who said he was talking to her from his truck when the incident occurred

Moore had been driving through Dodson at approximately 1:15am on January 13 when her car was hit by a landslide and swept off the road

Moore had been driving through Dodson at approximately 1:15am on January 13 when her car was hit by a landslide and swept off the road

Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies recovered the body of Jennifer Moore Saturday, January 23

Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputies recovered the body of Jennifer Moore Saturday, January 23

‘In the days following the landslide, searchers identified an area in the debris flow where they believed Moore’s vehicle likely came to rest,’ Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. ‘Searchers estimated her vehicle was buried under 15 feet of mud, rock and logs.’

Authorities described their operation to find Moore as incredibly treacherous. MCSO said rescuers had to use heavy machinery – such as front loaders and dump trucks – to move debris to reach where Moore was buried.

The work had to be carried out incredibly delicately, because the mud in the area was wet and unstable, authorities said.

Once located where they believed Moore to be buried, MCSO began working with a private contractor who used a high-powered metal detector to locate the exact location of her SUV underneath 15-feet of mud.

The sheriff’s office said they were able to complete the recovery with the help of firefighters from Corbett County. 

In her own post to Facebook, Legacy colleague Stephanie Lawson wrote: ‘Our beautiful Jenny has finally been found. Although I thought I might feel relief on this day, I don’t. 

‘The pain, disbelief and devastation is still here. I’m reminded about how tragically this beautiful soul left our earth. I know healing takes time but for today, I’m still utterly heartbroken for my friend, Jennifer Moore.’

‘It’s not the outcome everyone would have hoped for,’ River Patrol Unit Sgt. Steve Dangler said, ‘but at least at this point, it brings closure to the family and allows them to begin the grieving process' (image from 2014)

‘It’s not the outcome everyone would have hoped for,’ River Patrol Unit Sgt. Steve Dangler said, ‘but at least at this point, it brings closure to the family and allows them to begin the grieving process’ (image from 2014)

A GoFundMe page set up by her colleagues has so far raised $26,000 - $21,000 more than its original goal of $5,000

A GoFundMe page set up by her colleagues has so far raised $26,000 – $21,000 more than its original goal of $5,000

CSO said rescuers had to use heavy machinery – such as front loaders and dump trucks – to move debris to reach where Moore was buried

CSO said rescuers had to use heavy machinery – such as front loaders and dump trucks – to move debris to reach where Moore was buried

The work had to be carried out incredibly delicately, because the mud in the area was wet and unstable, authorities said

The work had to be carried out incredibly delicately, because the mud in the area was wet and unstable, authorities said

‘It’s not the outcome everyone would have hoped for,’ River Patrol Unit Sgt. Steve Dangler said, ‘but at least at this point, it brings closure to the family and allows them to begin the grieving process.’

He said it was a situation he had never seen before ‘with how much rock and debris there was in and around the area and within the vehicle. It was a really tough day.’

Moore was an oncology nurse at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center for 17 years, according to the hospital.

A GoFundMe page set up by her colleagues has so far raised $26,000 – $21,000 more than its original goal of $5,000.

She was remembered by friends as ‘an amazing woman’, a ‘compassionate nurse, trusted colleague, a wife, a mother, and a wonderful friend.’

‘Her infectious laugh brightens any room and her kindness extends to all she meets,’ the post reads. 

Moore (second from left) was remembered by friends as 'an amazing woman', a 'compassionate nurse, trusted colleague, a wife, a mother, and a wonderful friend'

Moore (second from left) was remembered by friends as ‘an amazing woman’, a ‘compassionate nurse, trusted colleague, a wife, a mother, and a wonderful friend’

Once located where they believed Moore to be buried, MCSO began working with a private contractor who used a high-powered metal detector to locate the exact location of her SUV underneath 15-feet of mud

Once located where they believed Moore to be buried, MCSO began working with a private contractor who used a high-powered metal detector to locate the exact location of her SUV underneath 15-feet of mud

During the initial search for her, firefighters used a drone and looked for heat sources using a thermal imaging camera, but were unsuccessful

During the initial search for her, firefighters used a drone and looked for heat sources using a thermal imaging camera, but were unsuccessful 

The cliffs around the search area near the small community of Dodson remain unstable

During the initial search for Moore, firefighters used a drone and looked for heat sources using a thermal imaging camera, but were unsuccessful.

Throughout the last 10 days, searchers were seen using inflatable yellow rafts as they drove metal poles into deep mud.

The landslide was triggered by a powerful Pacific Northwest storm that swept into the area on January 12 through to the 13th.

Heavy rainfall and high winds left more than a half-million people without power, felled trees across Oregon and Washington and swept a tractor-trailer off a bridge.

Localized flooding and debris flows shut down roads throughout the region, including a portion of Interstate 84 in Oregon.

One person in Spokane, Washington, also died in the storm when a tree fell on a car and trapped a woman inside.


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