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April 13, 2024

Cause of mountain biker’s death unknown pending autopsy

Forrest Angwin in a photo from his Facebook page.
April 14, 2023

Grants Pass man went missing from race route in Ashland watershed Wednesday

By Stephen Floyd, Ashland.news

The circumstances of a Grants Pass man’s death in the Ashland watershed on Wednesday may remain unknown until an autopsy is performed sometime next week.

The body of Forrest Anthony Angwin, 25, was located off-trail during a time-trial event organized by youth cycling group Ashland Devo as part of its spring series of downhill races.

According to Aaron Lewis, public information officer for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO), Angwin began his trial on Jabberwocky Trail and did not arrive at the finish line when expected. Subsequent racers did not encounter Angwin on the trail, and a search was initiated that resulted in the young man’s body being located.

Life-saving efforts were initiated by those on scene. After Ashland Fire and Rescue arrived, assisted by Jackson County Search and Rescue, Angwin was determined to be deceased.

Lewis said an autopsy is expected to shed light on the nature of Angwin’s death and could happen as soon as Monday. A news release from JCSO said Angwin was wearing full safety gear including a helmet and appeared to have crashed during the incident, though it was not mentioned if the crash was the cause, or a result, of Angwin’s distress.

Family and friends have started raising funds for Angwin’s funeral expenses and on Friday set up a GoFundMe page. Within the first six hours, more than $4,300 was raised.

Page organizer Justin Duby, a fellow cycling enthusiast, said Angwin was “not only a talented mountain biker, but he was also a loving son, family man, and a cherished friend.”

“His infectious smile, adventurous spirit, and kind heart touched the lives of so many,” said Duby. “We are heartbroken and struggling to come to terms with his loss.”

Email Ashland.news reporter Stephen Floyd at sfloydmedia@gmail.com.

A detail from an Ashland Woodlands & Trails Association map of trails in the Ashland watershed included the Snark Trail Loop in blue around the center of the map. The south end of Lithia Park is at lower left. In this orientation, north is to the left.
Bert Etling

Bert Etling

Bert Etling is the executive editor of Ashland.news. Email him at betling@ashland.news.

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