Columbia County deputies recovered the body of Charles “Bill” Wiley on Saturday, four weeks after he fell while doing maintenance work on the Lewis and Clark Bridge, said Charlie Rosensweig, Chief Criminal Deputy of the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.
Wiley’s body was discovered on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, across from Willow Grove, Rosenzweig said. His death has been considered an accident. The official cause will be determined by the Columbia County Medical Examiner’s office.
Wiley, 40, from Mississippi, was working on a platform underneath the mid-point of the bridge when another worker saw him fall about 200 feet into the river at about 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7.
Investigators don’t know how or why Wiley’s safety equipment did not prevent his fall.