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3rd Suspected Heat Death Under Investigation In Multnomah County

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Multnomah County Medical Examiner is investigating a third suspected death from the latest heat wave.

The investigation could take several weeks, but it’s known the person died Wednesday in Portland.

The deaths of two other people in Portland earlier this week are also under investigation.

Here’s more from Multnomah County:

Multnomah County Medical Examiner investigating a third suspected death from August heat 

The Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Program is investigating a third suspected hyperthermia death associated with a heat wave that began Aug. 11.  Investigators say confirmation will not be complete for several weeks. The person died Aug. 18 in Portland. No other details are being released at this time.

The death of a person on Aug. 15 in Portland, and a second person in Portland on Aug. 16, are also still under review by the state and local authorities.

Until the unprecedented June 2021 heat event, Multnomah County recorded only two hyperthermia deaths since 2010 — one each in 2016 and 2018. In the June/July event 62 people were confirmed to have died. Confirmation on several others are pending toxicology results.

The County will update this information as it becomes available.

 


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