GoFundMe site raises money for funeral of young woman found near Columbia River in Vancouver on Nov. 23

VANCOUVER — Family and friends of Clairissa Bliss, the young woman whose body was found near the banks of the Columbia River in Vancouver on Nov. 23, have started a GoFundMe site to help pay for Bliss’ funeral.

Clairissa Bliss
Clairissa Bliss

Nearly 40 people have already donated to the site, contributing $2,730 toward funeral expenses for Bliss, 22, who lived in Skamania.

Vancouver Police say members of the public were able to identify Bliss after police released images of two distinguishing tattoos on the body found Nov. 23 along the Columbia River shoreline, near the Interstate 5 bridge in Vancouver.

Bliss lived in Skamania County, Wash. Police have not yet identified her cause of death.

To contribute to the family’s funeral expenses, visit www.gofundme.com/clairissa-bliss. Robert Moar, the man who started the site to help Bliss’ family, says there also is an account at Riverview Bank under “Clairissa Bliss” for people who wish to make a donation through a bank instead of through the GoFundMe site.

CUTLINE: Family and friends of Clairissa Bliss, 22, pictured here, the young woman whose body was found near the banks of the Columbia River in Vancouver just before the Thanksgiving holiday, are collecting funds to help Bliss’ family pay for her funeral expenses. To contribute, visit www.gofundme.com/clairissa-bliss. Photo courtesy of Robert Moar

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Kelly Moyer has been reporting for community newspapers since the mid-1990s, including the Newport News-Times on the Oregon Coast; the Lewistown Sentinel, a daily newspaper in central Pennsylvania; the Gresham Outlook, Wilsonville Spokesman, Sherwood Gazette and South County Spotlight newspapers in the Portland metro area; and The Reflector newspaper in Battle Ground, Wash. She also is the former managing editor of Midwifery Today, an international magazine for birth professionals. Kelly, a University of Oregon alumnus and Pennsylvania native, lives with her family in Northeast Portland.

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