Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office
Body of Missing Paddle Boarder Recovered - 08/26/15
Hood River, ORE. - Just before 9 a.m. this morning, a search plane from the Hood River County Sheriff's Office located the remains of missing paddle boarder Andres Pombo in the Columbia River. Boats from the Sheriff's Office and Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Enforcement (CRITFE) responded to the location and recovered Pombo's body.
On Friday, August 21, 2015, just after 3:30 p.m., the Sheriff's Office received a report that Pombo was missing. A search effort was initiated that included Hood River County as well as surrounding Sheriff's Office's, CRITFE, search aircraft, and countless volunteers. From witness statements and recovered video, it was determined that Pombo's last known location was near the area of the river known as Swell City. His remains were recovered just down river from the point he was last seen, near mid-channel. Pombo was in the Hood River area from Miami, FL for a paddle board race. Pombo did not have a personal flotation device or tether on at the time of the incident.
The Columbia River current is stronger than most people believe and strong winds increase the danger to recreationalists. The Sheriff's Office urges everyone on the river to use a flotation device as required by law and other available safety equipment when using the river for recreation.
Lost Hiker Found - 08/23/15
PARKDALE, ORE - On Sunday, August 23rd at about 1:30pm lost hiker David Bullock was located and is in good condition. He was transported by ambulance to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital for evaluation. Mr. Bullock was able to find his way back to the west end of Laurence Lake and flag down a fisherman. Bullock had been missing since noon on Thursday August 20. Bullock and his wife left Laurence Lake for a day hike and separated at about noon when he wanted to go check out a rock formation. Today, Bullock told the Sheriff's Office that when he came back down from the rock formation he became lost. He went back to the rocks and then down another direction.
Mr. Bullock reported hearing the helicopter flying on Friday, but he could not get to a location where the helicopter could see him. On this morning he came to a point where he could see the lake, allowing him to hike down to it. Mr. Bullock survived on stream water and he built shelter to keep himself warm at night. He is in good spirits. He was reunited with his family at the hospital in Hood River. The Sheriff's Office and Family would like to thank the many people and organizations that assisted in this search.
Update on Missing Paddle Boarder - 08/22/15
HOOD RIVER, ORE. - The Hood River County Sheriff's Office and several regional agencies have been searching for a missing paddle boarder, Andres Pombo of Florida, since August 21, 2015. Search operations for Saturday, August 22 concluded and searchers were not successful in locating Mr. Pombo. Searching will continue until Mr. Pombo is located, however after reviewing video and witness statements, along with an extensive search of the area, crews believe it is highly unlikely that he survived. Family of Mr. Pombo will be arriving from Florida in the coming days. The Sheriff's Office thanks all of the agencies, volunteers and friends of Mr. Pombo that have assisted in the search efforts.
Andres Pombo was visiting Hood River for a paddle board race during the weekend. He left Viento State Park on Friday, August 21, around 1:45 p.m. to practice for the weekend downwind race. He was not wearing a personal floatation device, nor a lanyard while on his paddle board. The wind on the afternoon of August 21 was very strong, causing swells to form in the river. A kiteboarder saw Pombo fall into the water but quickly lost sight of him. Several other paddle boarders were on scene within minutes and were unable to find him. The Sheriff's Office urges everyone on the river to use a floatation device as required by law and other available safety equipment when using the river for recreation. The Columbia River current is stronger than most people believe and strong winds increase danger when you go into the water.
Search Continues for Missing Man Near Laurence Lake - 08/22/15
PARKDALE, ORE. - The search continues today for seventy-five year old David Bullock of The Dalles. On August 20, 2015 at about 4:00pm Joella Bullock, wife of 75 year old David Bullock called and said that her husband was missing. The couple hiked a trail from Laurence Lake and at about noon Mr. Bullock separated from his wife to go on a short search of an area off the trail. Mr. Bullock left all of his gear with his wife and took the family's three dogs with him. He did not return in a timely manner and his cell phone could not be reached. Mr. Bullock was dressed in a tee shirt and shorts. He was described by his wife as an experienced hiker and in good shape.
On August 22, 2015, crews from the Crag Rats, Multnomah County, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, Wasco County and Mountain Wave continue to scour the area for Bullock. Crews are concentrating on tighter grid patterns in areas that have been covered by previous teams, as well as expanding the search area.
Due to heavy smoke in the area, air operations have been suspended. At this point, searchers have not located any signs of Bullock or his dogs. Crews and search areas for tomorrow's operations are being coordinated if Bullock is not located today.
Multiple Agencies Searching the Columbia River for Missing Paddle Boarder Near Hood River - 08/22/15
HOOD RIVER, ORE. - Search and Rescue crews are continuing a search this morning for a Miami, Florida man that was reported missing yesterday afternoon. The Hood River County Sheriff's Office received a call around 3:30 p.m. on August 21, 2015, after a paddle board and gear were found floating mid-channel in the Columbia River.
Inspection of the gear revealed that the board belonged to twenty-nine year old Andres Damian Pombo, of Miami. Around 2:30 p.m. Pombo and his companions had launched from the area of Viento State Park along Interstate 84, with the intent of paddling to Hood River. According to witness statements, Pombo intended to paddle towards the Washington shore, splitting up from his group.
Investigators recovered a video camera that had been attached to Pombo's board. Video contained on the camera indicated that Pombo had fallen off of his board on the western edge of the area known as Swell City. Pombo was last seen wearing a gray shirt, black shorts and a gray hat.
An aircraft and boat from the Sheriff's Office, as well as a boat from the Skamania County Sheriff's Office, searched the river and surrounding shorelines until operations were suspended, due to darkness. The Hood River Police Department also assisted with the investigation and search for Pombo.
Searchers began operations at first light on Saturday morning from the water and air. Watercraft from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Wasco County Sheriff's Office and Klickitat County Sheriff's Office are assisting Hood River County deputies with search operations. Personnel from Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Enforcement are concentrating on the shoreline from adjacent roadways.
August 22, 2015 operations are focusing on the areas west of the western edge of Swell City, to the area of milepost 57 on Interstate 84. Crews and volunteers are paying particular attention to the shorelines of the river. Air operations will continue throughout the day, as well as ground teams looking along river's edge, from both Washington's State Route 14 and Oregon's Interstate 84.
Laurence Lake Sesrch and Rescue - 08/21/15
HOOD RIVER, ORE - The Hood River County Sheriff's Office is currently conducting a search and rescue mission for a missing hiker in the Mt Hood National Forest near Laurence Lake. On August 20, 2015 at about 4:00pm the wife of 75 year old David Bullock called and said that her husband was missing. The couple hiked a trail from Laurence Lake and at about noon Mr. Bullock separated from his wife to go on a short search of an area off the trail. Mr. Bullock left all of his gear with his wife and took the family's three dogs with him. He did not return in a timely manner and his cell phone can not be reached. Mr. Bullock is dressed in a tee shirt and shorts. He is described by his wife as an experienced hiker and in good shape. The couple is from The Dalles, Oregon.
The Sheriff's Office immediately put up an aircraft to begin an air search and a ground search crew from the Hood River Reach and Treat Team searched until dark. Efforts to locate Mr. Bullock were unsuccessful. Today, August 21st, searchers from the Crag Rats and Pacific Northwest SAR are on site. Additionally, Mt Wave communications has been contacted to assist. The military has provided a Blackhawk helicopter equipped with FLIR and crew to search by air. If necessary, other organizations are lined up to staff late afternoon and evening today and all day tomorrow.
Sheriff Office Will Increase Traffic Patrols - 08/16/15
HOOD RIVER, ORE - The Hood River County Sheriff's Office will increase traffic patrols for the upcoming Labor Day holiday. The Sheriff's Office receives grant funding through the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and Oregon Department of Transportation for high visibility enforcement of traffic laws such as safety belt use and driving under the influence of intoxicants. The safety blitz period begins on August 21 and runs through September 7th. Our goal is to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting injuries and fatalities from crashes.
Please do not drink or use intoxicants and drive. Remember that use of marijuana and other intoxicating drugs while driving can also result in arrest for DUII. Please use a safety belt at all times while on the road. If you suspect someone of DUII, call 911 and report it.