Eugene man found dead after falling off cliff near Sweet Home

A witness said it appeared that Barton was trying to find an area to fish. While attempting to descend the steep terrain and cliffs to the river, Barton lost his footing and began tumbling down hundreds of feet before falling off a 40-foot cliff.

Posted: Jun 18, 2021 10:45 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2021 10:54 PM

SWEET HOME, Ore. - A man is dead after falling off a cliff Friday afternoon, according to the Linn County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said 76-year-old Lloyd Barton had been in the area of Sheep Creek Road off Highway 20, east of Sweet Home at the time. 

A witness said it appeared that Barton was trying to find an area to fish. While attempting to descend the steep terrain and cliffs to the river, Barton lost his footing and began tumbling down hundreds of feet before falling off a 40-foot cliff.

The witness walked out of the area, contacting a logging crew who arranged to contact 9-1-1.

Barton's injuries were unknown at the time and appeared urgent. During the immediate response, Deputies contacted Linn County Search & Rescue, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Lebanon Fire Department Rope Techs and Life Flight. This area is remote, difficult to access due to steep banks, cliffs and miles of gravel roads.

Upon arrival, Deputies could see Lloyd Barton, 76, of Eugene, unresponsive at the bottom of the cliff. Rescue teams worked to descend to Barton. As time progressed, Barton was pronounced dead.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Lebanon Fire Department, Oregon Department of Forestry, Sweet Home Fire Department, Life Flight and Eugene Police Department.

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