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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol recovers body of missing fisherman near McGuire Island - 09/14/16

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to the report of a body seen floating in the Columbia River near the east tip of McGuire Island. A boater near the island spotted the body and called the report in. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded along with Portland Fire Bureau and recovered the body of a deceased adult male, identified as Brian Louis Schmitz, Age 52, of Sandy, OR. MCSO River Patrol Deputies transported the body to Chinook Landing. MCSO detectives and the Medical Examiner were notified and responded. The body was turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. The Medical Examiner ruled Cause of Death as Drowning and Manner of Death Accidental.

Brian Schmitz was reported missing after his boat was found adrift on Sunday morning September 11, 2016 on the Columbia River with no-one on board. The US Coast Guard, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Port of Portland Fire, Portland Fire Bureau, and Vancouver Fire aided in search efforts and assisted in recovery of the boat that morning.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue now recruiting for annual Search and Rescue program - 09/12/16

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue will begin enrollment this week in its annual Search and Rescue (SAR) program - open to those interested in offering their time to become part of this all volunteer organization. MCSO SAR welcomes all skill levels including those with little or no outdoor experience. An orientation meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 and again on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Menlo Park School located at 129000 N.E. Glisan St. Portland, OR 97230.

Those who enroll in the SAR training program will become members of the MCSOSAR tradition, becoming members of an active search and rescue team that is regularly called to find the lost and care for the injured in the Columbia River Gorge, throughout Multnomah County, and around the state of Oregon. The program will accept volunteers over the age of 14, in good health, who are able to pass a background check. Middle and high school students must be making sufficient progress toward their diploma.

The 9-month program offers training and experience in current search and rescue techniques and culminates in Oregon State Search and Rescue certification. After the first month of training, new members will be able to participate in some searches. After just a few months, they can participate in all search types.

Key elements of SAR training include search techniques; wilderness awareness; outdoor survival skills; evidence identification and crime scene preservation; land navigation using GPS, map and compass; medical assessment and first aid.

This program is unique in that it is specifically youth oriented and provides an opportunity for those under 18 to hold leadership positions within the unit. All ages work side by side during training, missions, and events.

Those interested in joining are encouraged to attend either of the orientation nights. Questions can be emailed to info@mcsosar.org or check out the website at www.mcsosar.org for more information.

MCSOSAR Recruitment flyer attached.

Attached Media Files: MCSOSAR Recruit flyer
Multnomah County Sheriff's office river patrol responds to call of boat adrift in the Columbia River - 09/11/16

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol Deputies responded shortly after 6:00 am to a call of a boat floating down the Columbia River with no-one on board. The US Coast Guard, Port of Portland Fire, Portland Fire Bureau,and Vancouver Fire aided in the retrieval of the boat and towing to nearby Chinook Landing. USCG is still searching the river and shoreline.

An update will be provided when more information is available.

Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office conducting death investigation after fatal hiker fall on Angels Rest trail - 08/27/16

Update: The deceased is identified as Viren Viuhkola, Age 36, of Tualatin, OR. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner determined Cause of Death as Blunt Force Trauma and Manner of Death - Accidental.

Viuhkola was hiking with his friend Ryan Hunter, Age 31, Tualatin, OR at the time of the accident.

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This morning, Friday August 26, 2016, at 9:47 a.m. MCSO deputies along with Corbett Fire department responded to the report of a hiker who had fallen off the Angel's Rest trail about a ?1/2 mile up from the Angel's Rest Trailhead. The hiker, an adult male, had fallen approximately forty feet down off the side of the trail near a small waterfall. The person he was hiking with called 911 and described where they were at on the trail and placed a marker for emergency responders. Emergency responders arrived and made their way down to the patient who had suffered life-threatening injuries in the fall. Rescue crews attempted life-saving efforts at the scene but the hiker succumbed to his injuries.

MCSO Detectives and the Medical Examiner have been notified and are responding to conduct the death investigation. The body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office.

We are not releasing any additional information at this time pending family notifications.

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mission4
Joint Speed Enforcement post mission reporting to promote traffic safety and awareness Hwy 30 results, from town of Linnton to Watson Rd (Photo) - 08/27/16

Law enforcement officers from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Portland Police Bureau and Gresham Police Department partnered on this speed enforcement mission during the Hood to Coast relay. Officers and deputies made more than 96 traffic stops during the six hour mission on Hwy 30, lasting from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. on Friday August 26, 2016. This is down last year when deputies and officers made more than 100 traffic stops in a four hour period. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies reported that vehicle speeds were significantly slower this year and believed that was attributed to the increased law enforcement presence.

During the mission 71 Citations and 19 warnings were issued. The majority of citations issued were for speeding and seatbelt violations. The majority of citations issued were for speeding and seatbelt violations. One driver was cited twice about 1 mile apart for not wearing his seatbelt. According to the Oregon Department of Transportation website statewide crash fatality and injury rates have dropped 62% and 32% respectively since passage of the adult belt law in 1990. The law, combined with active enforcement, has resulted in a 2015 Oregon belt use rate of 96% for all occupants, placing Oregon among the top belt-use states in the U.S. This compares to a 2014 nationwide average rate of 87% among all states.

At the conclusion of the mission the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Portland Police Bureau continued to provide extra patrols for several more hours.

Attached Media Files: mission4 , mission3 , mission2 , mission1
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RopeRescue3
FInal Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue activated for two lost hikers at top of Angel's Rest (Photo) - 08/26/16

Final Update: The two hikers rescued at Angel's Rest are identified as Lyndale Galino, Age 19 and Deaven Thielen, Age 20, of Portland, Oregon. Asked what happened the hikers said they travelled up the trail and then tried to continue up the rock slide area. They became worried they would slide down and off the embankment they were on and stopped. They called a family member who told them to call 911. After calling 911 they waited as they were contacted by an MCSO deputy and did as instructed staying in place so search and rescue personnel could locate and bring them down safely from the slide area they were in.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind anyone contemplating a hike or outing on trails within the Columbia Gorge and other scenic areas to research their route prior to setting out. Stay on the trails and be prepared before you embark on a hike. Ensure you are carrying the proper equipment when setting out including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, fire starter, knife, first aid kit and signaling device. A GPS and a cell phone with extra battery. Let someone know your plan and when you expect to return so someone knows if you are overdue. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable visit or hike in the Columbia Gorge scenic areas.

Photos from rope rescue attached.



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Update: Lost hikers were located by MCSO Trail Hornets shortly after 3:00 p.m. and Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue used rope system to bring both hikers down safely just before 6:00 p.m. from scree spill they were stranded on after leaving trail. Both in good condition, being escorted to Command Post now.

Updates will be provided when more information is available.

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This morning, Friday August 26, 2016, just before noon, MCSO Deputies received a report of two lost hikers somewhere near the top of Angel's Rest. The deputy was able to make contact by cellphone with the hikers, who are not from the local area. The hikers said they came up the Angel's Rest trail for about an hour before they got off the trail and became lost. The hikers described their location as a rocky area and rocks were sliding out as they were trying to get out from where they were. The deputy instructed them to stay where they are and rescue personnel would be working to locate them. Both hikers do have food and water and neither are injured.

An MCSO Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinator and MCSO SAR team are being dispatched to begin search efforts for the two hikers.

Updates will be provided when more information is available.

Attached Media Files: RopeRescue3 , RopeRescue2 , RopeRescue1
Devin Paez
Devin Paez
Final Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue searching for lost hiker (Photo) - 08/26/16

Final Update: Devin Paez arrived back at the Command Post at 3:45 p.m. After being checked by medical, he had some scratches on his arms and legs, but otherwise was in good condition although he was dehydrated. Devin refused further medical and was escorted to the Command Post to be debriefed.

When asked about his experience Devin said he got lost on the trail when he went ahead of the group and took a wrong turn. He continued following what he thought was a trail but stumbled off and down a steep embankment later that evening. He tried to get back up the embankment but realized it was getting dark and he was sliding down so he stayed where he was at until sunrise. In the morning he was able to make his way back up the embankment but was off the trail and had to work his way through the forest off trail. He searched until he found a creek with some water and was able to get a drink from the creek. He worked his way down following the riverbed until he came across a trail. He then followed the trails blindly around trying to work his way down the trails and out. Eventually he was seen by a hiker on the Oneonta Trail who told him people were searching for him. A team met him as he came down the trail and escorted him to the Oneonta Trailhead to a vehicle and transported him to the Command Post.

Devin was extremely thankful to be off the trail and reunited with his friends. He was grateful to searchers who volunteered their time to help locate him. Devin said he made a mistake leaving the group and going ahead while leaving his backpack with his food and water behind. After taking the wrong turn and the tumble off the trail he realized he had no supplies other than his phone and it was going dead. He used his battery watch light to provide a little light during the night as he waited for sunrise when he set out.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind anyone contemplating a hike or outing on trails within the Columbia Gorge and other scenic areas to research their route prior to setting out. Stay on the trails and be prepared before you embark on a hike. Ensure you are carrying the proper equipment when setting out including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, fire starter, knife, first aid kit and signaling device. A GPS and a cell phone with extra battery. Let someone know your plan and when you expect to return so someone knows if you are overdue. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable visit or hike in the Columbia Gorge scenic areas.





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Update3: Devin Paez was located about 3:15 p.m. He was located on the Oneonta Trail, below Triple Falls by a hiker who recognized him from his photos on media coverage of the search. He is now being transported back to the Command Post to be reunited with his friends, medically evaluated and debriefed from his experience.

More information when it is available.

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Update2: The group of hikers started from Wahkeena Falls yesterday at approximately 11:30 a.m. and reached Sherrard Point around 5:30 p.m.

A picture of Devin Paez taken yesterday before he headed back down the trail ahead of his hiking group at Sherrard Point has been provided and is attached to this release.

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Update1: Search and Rescue crews from Portland Mountain Rescue, Pacific Northwest, Washington County and additional teams from Multnomah County Search and Rescue are responding to assist with search efforts. Mountain Wave Communications is on scene and providing radio communications for search efforts as they continue this morning.

Further updates as information becomes available.


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Corrected date>Thursday August 25, 2016< just before 9:30 p.m. MCSO deputies were dispatched to Wahkeena Falls to take a report on a lost hiker that didn't show up at the Trailhead after splitting from the group at Sherrard Point earlier in the evening. The three hikers said they were at Sherrard Point and their friend, identified as Devin Paez, Age 26, of Austin, Texas, decided to head back down the trail ahead of the group from Sherrard Point and left, leaving his gear behind. One of the hikers, ran down the trail to catch up with him, but didn't locate him before they reached the Wahkeena Falls Trailhead. After waiting at the trailhead they became concerned when he failed to show up and called 911.

MCSO Deputies and an MCSO SAR Coordinator checked roads in the area in case he came out at a different trailhead. MCSO Search and Rescue was activated to respond after the Trailhead checks were completed. Command post was established at Larch Mountain Trailhead and MCSO Search and Rescue crews were deployed into the field at approximately 1:30 a.m. to begin search efforts.

Overnight search and rescue crews have covered approximately 20 miles of trails during the first phase of search efforts. Additional search and rescue crews are in the process of being called in to assist with search efforts. The Command Post has moved down Larch Mountain road to Milepost 10 and will be the staging point for incoming crews as they arrive.

Media staging is located near the command post at Milepost 10 on Larch Mountain Rd.

Photo is attached of the missing hiker.

Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.

Attached Media Files: Devin Paez , Paez at Sherrard Point