Sheriff: Stranded man starved, froze to death

May 14, 2011 - 3:30 PM
Pickup Truck Body

In this photo released Friday, May 13, 2011 by the Linn County Sheriff Office shows a homemade calendar found in Jerry William McDonald 1997 GMC pickup discovered on a Forest Service road about four miles from Marion Forks, Ore. The body of Jerry William McDonald, a 68-year-old Oregon man was found in his pickup truck on a mountain road along with a log he kept of his ordeal for nearly 70 days. The Linn County sheriff's office said the log kept by Jerry McDonald indicates he got stuck in the snow on Feb. 14. His first log entry was Feb. 7, the last was April 15. A U.S. Forest Service survey crew found his body Friday in a sleeping bag in the back of his truck with a canopy on a Forest Service road about four miles from Marion Forks. (AP Photo/Linn County Sheriff Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in Oregon say hypothermia and starvation caused the death of a man whose body was found months after his truck got stuck in heavy snow.

Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller says an autopsy was conducted Friday on Jerry McDonald's body, which was found Thursday in his pickup. It was on a dirt road four miles from Marion Forks, in the Cascade Range foothills.

Authorities say they found a calendar marked with McDonald's notes and that it showed he became stranded on Feb. 14. The last entry was on April 15, about 60 days later.

Mueller says McDonald did not have a cell phone or a compass.

The body was discovered nearly a week after hunters found a Canadian woman who was stranded in remote Nevada for seven weeks.