2 men found dead in vehicle submerged in Collawash River

A red Chevrolet Tahoe containing the bodies of Kevin Shaver and Chase Villarreal was pulled from the Collawash River over the weekend.

Posted: Jan 7, 2019 11:29 AM

ESTACADA, Ore. (AP) -- Two men who went missing after a New Year's Eve trip to explore the forest southeast of Portland are dead.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Department says a red Chevrolet Tahoe containing the bodies of Kevin Shaver and Chase Villarreal was pulled from the Collawash River over the weekend.

Family members reported the men missing when they didn't from their trip.

Authorities say it appears they may have been speeding when the car left the road and plunged into the river below.

KGW-TV reports that a dog that was with the men survived and was rescued from the river bank.

The Collawash River is a tributary of the Clackamas River on the west slopes of the Cascade Range.

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