BERKELEY (CBS SF) – The body of a 23-year-old UC Berkeley School of Law student was recovered Thursday night near Toketee Falls, about 40 miles east of Roseburg, Ore., more than a month after falling from an overlook near the waterfall, Douglas County Sheriff’s officials said.
Brian Lewinstein fell down a steep embankment near the falls on Aug. 12, Sheriff’s officials said, apparently while trying to photograph the falls. Weeks of searches by members of Douglas County Search and Rescue failed to turn up any trace of Lewinstein.READ MORE: UPDATE: Atmospheric River Crashes Onshore; Driving Rains, Gusty Winds, Flash Flood Fears
About 5:45 p.m. Thursday, two hikers called the Sheriff’s office saying they had discovered a body in a pool near the bottom of the falls. Sheriff’s deputies and Search and Rescue personnel rappelled down the steep rock formations. The body was brought up to the Toketee Falls trail about 10 p.m. Thursday, Sheriff’s officials said.READ MORE: Stockton Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Shooting of Drug Dealer
The Douglas County Medical Examiner’s Office positively identified Lewinstein’s body.
“We are glad that we were able to provide his family with some answers and sincerely hope that they are able to find some comfort in the fact that he was located. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to his family and friends,” said Sheriff’s Sgt. Brad O’Dell in a statement on his department’s web page.MORE NEWS: Atmospheric River: Defiant Santa Cruz Mountain Residents Say They Will Ride Out The Storm
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