June 09, 2014 10:35
The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on 18-year-old Taishawn Nathaniel Millage and determined that he drowned after being knocked into the Willamette River by a train on Friday night.
It is unknown why Millage, a North Portland resident, was walking on the train bridge.
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On Friday June 6, 2014, at 11:13 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the 7100 block of Northwest Front Avenue on the report that someone had been struck by an eastbound train on the train bridge South of the St. Johns Bridge. Additional information was received that the person was knocked into the water.
Officers arrived and located the 18-year-old male in the water near the shore. Officers pulled him from the water and performed CPR but their efforts to revive the man were unsuccessful.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death and confirm the man's identity.
The Portland Police Bureau is the lead investigating agency and was assisted by Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF), Union Pacific Railroad, and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204