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OSP IDs B.C. man missing after 800-foot cliff fall on coast

Foul play not suspected

TILLAMOOK, Ore. (AP) - A hiker from British Columbia is missing on the Oregon coast after falling 800 feet from a cliff near Devil's Cauldron and into the Pacific Ocean below.

The Oregon State Police said Monday search teams recovered the backpack of 51-year-old Joseph McDonald Lescene in the water but have not found him.

A second hiker, his wife, 42-year-old Sarah Jones Lescene, was not injured.

Nearby hikers heard her screams Sunday and called 911. No foul play is suspected. The Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday night.

Devil's Cauldron is a sheer promontory along Oregon's Pacific Coast that is on a rugged oceanside trail popular with hikers.


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