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Investigation leads to arrest for possession of child pornography (Photo) - 01/22/20

Released by:  Sergeant Jayson Janes

 

Release Date: January 21, 2020            

 

Location: Wildwing Rd. Sisters, OR                 

 

Arrested: Wills, Michael   Age: 44          Sisters, Oregon

 

Charges: Encouraging Child Sex Abuse 1st Degree, 11 counts.

                 Encouraging Child Sex Abuse 2nd Degree, 11 counts.   

 

NARRATIVE:

 

For approximately the past six months, detectives with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office have been investigating Michal Wills. The detectives division received a tip from Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) regarding Michael Wills possibly possessing and distributing child pornography.  During the investigation detectives were able to confirm Wills was the person involved.

On January 14, 2020 detectives contacted Wills at his residence. Wills was interviewed, and a search warrant was later served at his residence. During the search warrant detectives seized various electronic devices belonging to Wills. A search warrant to analyze the electronic devices was later granted, and a forensic examination of the electronic devices revealed Wills was in possession of images of child pornography.  

Wills was contacted again on January 21, 2020 and interviewed regarding the evidence located on his electronic devices. It was learned during the investigation that Wills possessed and distributed sexually explicit images of children. Wills was arrested and lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office adult jail on the above mentioned charges.

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing over 4,500 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies.

This investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Virginia Meissner Skier Rescued (Photo) - 01/19/20

Released by:         Dep. Joshua Westfall, Assistant Search And Rescue Coordinator

Occurred:              01/19/2020     1:29 PM

Location:               Virginia Meissner Sno Park

Rescued:               Fox, Chris, Albany, OR, 58 year old male 
           
NARRATIVE:

On January 19th at about 1:29 PM, Deschutes County dispatch received multiple 911 calls regarding a cross country skier near the Meissner Shelter of the Virginia Meissner Sno Park off Cascade Lakes Highway (Century Dr) who appeared to be having an unknown medical issue. The callers reported that the skier, later identified as Chris Fox of Albany, OR, had skied in to near the Meissner Shelter but was not able to travel any further due to his unknown medical condition. 

Based on this information, one Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputy and six Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers responded to rescue Fox. The six DCSO SAR volunteers traveled as close to Fox's location as they could via snowmobile and then transitioned to snowshoes to reach Fox due to trail conditions. Fox was then tended to by members of the DCSO SAR medical team for a potentially serious condition and transported back to the Virginia Meissner parking lot in DCSO SAR's snow ambulance, which is a heated and enclosed snowmobile trailer designed for patient transport. 

Upon reaching the parking lot Fox was transferred to the Bend Fire Department who then transported him to St. Charles in Bend via ground ambulance. A United States Forest Service Officer also assisted DCSO SAR on the incident.  

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.
 

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41 year old Bend man posing as teenage boy on social media arrested upon return from Netherlands. (Photo) - 01/15/20

Released by:  Sergeant Jayson Janes

 

Release Date: January 15, 2020            

 

Arrested: Fyten, Keith                  Age: 41                      Bend, Oregon

 

Charges: Luring a Minor (28 counts)

                  Using a Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct (67 counts)    

 

NARRATIVE: 

 

 

In October of 2017 The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office received a report of sexually explicit photographs of underage girls being distributed. The investigation revealed that three girls, who were under the age of 16, had been communicating with a male subject on Facebook. Two of the underage females believed the subject was the other girl’s boyfriend. One of the underage females received sexually explicit photographs from the male subject, and all three were requested to send sexually explicit photographs of themselves to the male subject.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office detectives began investigating the incident and learned that neither of the girls had actually ever met the male subject in person. The only contact was through messaging or video calls. During the video calls, the male subject’s camera was blacked out to keep them from seeing him. Detectives then obtained internet service provider information and Facebook information during the investigation. The information revealed the male subject the girls were communicating with was not a teenage boy, but was actually Keith Lawrence James Fyten.

During the investigation detectives learned that Fyten had left the United States in November 2018 and moved to the Netherlands. The detective continued to look through Fyten’s social media history and found communication with numerous underage females throughout the United States. This communication consisted of messaging back and forth as he was portraying himself as a teenage boy. Fyten sent numerous sexually explicit photographs of a younger male subject and requested sexually explicit photographs and videos from the females he was in contact with. Detectives contacted approximately 16 underage females in the Central Oregon area that had contact with Fyten on Facebook Messenger. All of the females had been requested to send sexually explicit photographs or videos of themselves.

Various law enforcement agencies across the country were contacted and asked to assist with locating and interviewing other underage females related to this case. Numerous underage females were contacted in different parts of the United States who had similar types of conversations with Fyten. The underage girls had also received sexually explicit photographs of a younger male and upon his request they sent sexually explicit photographs and videos of themselves.

Detectives collected enough evidence to obtain a nationwide warrant for Fyten. On November 17, 2019 Fyten was arrested in Chicago, Illinois at O’Hare International Airport by Customs and Border Protection as he entered the United States in an attempt to return to Bend.

Fyten was later transported by the U.S. Marshall’s Service to Oregon. Fyten was transported to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail on January 14, 2020 where he was lodged on the above mentioned charges.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been assisting the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division throughout this investigation. This included coordination with the FBI’s Legal Attaché Office in the Netherlands.  The FBI is currently working on identifying other underage girls in the United States. The FBI is also investigating other possible suspects involved in the trading or exchanging of child pornography related to this case.  

This investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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DUII Crash Shears Off Power Pole - 01/13/20

 

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office

63333 Highway 20 West

Bend, Oregon 97703

541- 388-6655

 

MEDIA RELEASE  

DUII Crash shears off power pole

 

Released by: Sergeant Grant Johnstone

Release Date: January 13, 2020

 

Location:     21000 block of Knott Road              

Arrested:     Hatfield, Travis C   54 years old   Bend, Oregon 

Vehicle:       Gray 2004 Ford F250 Crew Cab

Charges:      DUII – Felony,  Driving While Suspended – Felony,  Criminal Mischief 1st degree, Reckless  Driving

NARRATIVE:

On January 13, 2020 at approximately 0203hrs, Deschutes County deputies responded to a report of a vehicle that had crashed into a residential fence and knocked down power lines in the 21000 block of Knott Road.

Arriving deputies discovered that a gray 2004 Ford F250 pickup driven by Travis Hatfield of Bend was traveling west on Knott Road.  The roadway was icy at the time and Hatfield lost control of his vehicle.  He slid off the roadway and struck a power pole and a fence at this location.  The impact was severe enough to shear the pole at the base.  The live electrical wire fell to the ground in front of the residence.  Hatfield was not injured in the crash.

During the course of the investigation, Hatfield was placed under arrest for DUII-Felony, Driving While Suspended – Felony, Criminal Mischief 1st degree, and Reckless Driving.  He also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on a parole violation.  In addition to the criminal charges, he was also issued traffic citations for driving without insurance and failure to install an ignition interlock device.

Employees with Central Electric Cooperative arrived on scene to install a new power pole and re-attach the electrical line.  

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Bend Fire Department, Central Electric Cooperative, and American Towing.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

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Fatal MVA results in Tumalo power outages - 01/11/20

MEDIA RELEASE  

Fatal Crash disrupts power to Tumalo Residents

 

Released by: Sergeant Shawn Heierman

Release Date: January 11, 2020

 

Location:  Tumalo Reservoir Road/ Mock Road            

 

Driver/Deceased: Hill, William Vincent Jr.    61 years of age of  Condon, Oregon

 

Vehicle: Gray 2003 Ford F-350 flatbed pickup

 

 

 

NARRATIVE:

 

On January 10, 2020 at approximately 19:16 hours, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a roll over motor vehicle crash on Tumalo Reservoir Rd near Mock Rd. The reporting party who had been following the crashed pickup westbound on Tumalo Reservoir Rd, called Deschutes County 911 to report the crash saying the MVA also resulted in damage to a power pole.

 

Responding deputies found a gray 2003 Ford F-350 flatbed pickup registered to 61 year old William Hill of Condon, Oregon, on it’s top with severe body damage. William Hill who was the only occupant of the vehicle, was found to be deceased at the scene by responding deputies. During the crash, the pickup had caused significant damage to a power pole maintained by Central Electric Co-op, and had also damaged the fence of a property owner.

 

Central Electric Co-op employees responded to the crash scene to repair the power pole and restore power to local residents who had called CEC to report power outages in the area.

 

While the exact cause of the crash is unknown at this time, road conditions in that area that night were reported to be spots of black ice. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash at this time, however the crash is under further investigation.

 

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

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Significant Snow Events Forecasted for Mountains Bring Increased Risk for Backcountry Recreation (Photo) - 01/10/20

Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager/Assistant SAR Coordinator

Release Date: January 10, 2020

NARRATIVE:

The National Weather Service is predicting a round of storms that could bring significant snow to the higher elevations of Deschutes County.  The Cascade Range including snow parks along Century Drive are expected to receive large amounts of snow through Wednesday of next week.

Although fresh snow is exciting and a draw for backcountry recreationalists, we want to urge those traveling into the mountains to use caution.  The snow conditions could be challenging for all but the most experienced and will increase the risk of tree well issues and avalanche danger.  Additionally, these conditions challenge rescuers and increase our response times to backcountry emergencies.  Ski, snowshoe and snowmobile trails are already becoming hard to distinguish in some areas, which make it difficult to navigate.

For additional information on tree well safety, visit: https://www.deepsnowsafety.org

For additional information on local avalanche conditions, visit: http://www.coavalanche.org

Any backcountry travelers should have proper gear (including avalanche gear) and food for 24 hours, ensure they have adequately charged cell phones, and should tell someone where they are going. 

For more information on backcountry preparedness, visit: https://www.deschutessearchandrescue.org

Even those who are not traveling far into the forest could expect hazardous road conditions and should ensure their vehicles are equipped for the conditions.  We recommend all travelers also carry additional supplies in the event they become stranded.  Those camping in the forest could find themselves stranded and should consider moving to lower elevations.

For additional information from ODOT, visit: https://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/ORDOT-2758bcd?wgt_ref=ORDOT_WIDGET_8

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Introducing K9 Ares; DCSO's Newest Dual Certified K9 (Photo) - 01/09/20

Released by:  Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date: January 9, 2020

NARRATIVE:

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce our newest dual certified patrol K9, Ares /eh·reez/.

K9 Ares is a three and a half year old German Shepard from Germany.  This week, he successfully completed his narcotics certification training making him now dual certified.   K9 Ares was partnered with Deputy Michael Mangin this past September and received his tracking and apprehension certification the following month in October.  Deputy Mangin is a 7-year veteran of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and has served in the positions of Corrections Deputy and Patrol Deputy.  He is also a US Army veteran.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office now has six K9 teams assigned to the Patrol Division. 

DCSO has three dual certified K9 teams, meaning they are certified in both tracking and apprehension, as well as narcotics detection (K9 Ezel and Deputy Jeremiah Johnson, K9 Masa and Deputy Ben Bartness, K9 Ares and Deputy Michael Mangin); one K9 team certified in only tracking and apprehension (K9 Brolo and Deputy Keith Slater; and one K9 team certified in only narcotics detection (K9 Molly and Deputy Stacy Crawford.  The sixth team is K9 Copper and Deputy Donny Patterson, who are currently training towards their mission of finding lost and/or missing persons. 

K9 teams are on-call 24 hours a day. They also devote a significant amount of time to ongoing training. They train individually almost every day and train with other K9 teams in Central Oregon on a weekly basis.  Our K9 teams also regularly assist other law enforcement agencies throughout Central Oregon. All of our K-9 teams are certified annually by the Oregon Police Canine Association (http://www.opca.com/home).

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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DCSO- Mentor a Child with an Incarcerated Parent (Photo) - 01/07/20

Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth (COPY), a program of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, is offering a class to prepare volunteers to become mentors for children with an incarcerated parent.

After initial training and comprehensive background checks, volunteers are matched with a child in Bend, Redmond, Sisters or LaPine that share similar interests and activities and commit to spending a few hours a week together for a minimum of one year. This time is often spent going to community events, working on homework, attending art programs, participating in sports, or simply hanging out and talking.

On Saturday, January 18, COPY will offer an orientation/training class. This six-hour class covers program policies, how to establish a mentor relationship, the impact incarceration has on families, and communication skills. There is no cost to attend, but advanced registration is required.

For additional details please call 541-388-6651 or email COPY@deschutes.org Additional program information is available at the Sheriff’s Office web site at www.sheriff.deschutes.org/copy.

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Injury Motor Vehicle Crash (Photo) - 01/05/20

Injury Motor Vehicle Crash

01/05/20

By:  Sergeant Troy Gotchy

 

Vehicle 1:

1997 Ford F150 truck

Driver 1:

John Smith 69 year old from Redmond, OR

 

Vehicle 2:

2008 Mazda MZ3 passenger car

Driver 2:

Vanessa Klingensmith 38 year old from Redmond, OR

 

On 01/05/2020 at approximately 1438 hours, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and the Redmond Fire Department were dispatched to an injury motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Northwest Way and Coyner Avenue.  Dispatch advised both vehicles had sustained major damage, both drivers were injured, and the female driver was trapped in her vehicle.

The Redmond Fire Department cut the driver’s side door from the Mazda, and Klingensmith was safely removed from the Mazda.  Smith and Klingensmith were transported to St. Charles Redmond by ground ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.  A minor child in the vehicle with Klingensmith was not injured.

The investigation revealed Klingensmith was south bound on Northwest Way and Smith was north bound on Northwest Way.  Smith attempted to turn west bound on to Coyner Avenue and struck Klingensmith’s vehicle on the driver’s side.  The crash blocked the intersection for approximately one hour until vehicles could be removed from the scene.  Alcohol is not a factor in this crash.  Smith was cited for making a dangerous left turn.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Redmond Fire Department and the Oregon State Police.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Searching for a Missing Subject in the Badlands East of Bend **Update - Subject Found** (Photo) - 01/02/20

Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager/Assistant SAR Coordinator

Release Date: January 2, 2020

Subject:      Joseph Hawkins, 20 yr old male

                     6’7”, 250 pounds

                     Last seen wearing blue jeans, gray hooded sweatshirt & baseball hat

UPDATE:

On January 2, 2020, approximately 9:40 am Joseph Hawkins was located.  A SAR team that was deploying from the Badlands Rock Trailhead encountered Hawkins after he was able to make his way back to the trailhead.  Preliminary information from Hawkins indicates that he got turned around after walking a signficant distance.  After his phone battery died he found a place to fall asleep.  He awoke this morning and started walking around sunrise eventually making his way back to the trailhead.  Hawkins was cold, but appeared otherwise unharmed.  He was evaluated at the scene by a SAR medic and declined further medical assistance.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is very grateful for the support from AirLink and the Civil Air Patrol for their assistance during this search.

NARRATIVE: 

On January 1, 2020, at approximately 6:30 pm the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a lost subject in the Badlands Wilderness east of Bend, OR.  The reporting party reported that her adult son had gone hiking in the mid-afternoon and shortly after 6 pm call her to tell her he was lost and his phone battery was depleted.  The lost subject was identified as 20 year old, Joseph Hawkins.  Hawkins most recently has lived in Wyoming, but was visiting his parents in Bend for the holidays.

A SAR Deputy responded to the area and found Hawkins’ vehicle at the Badlands Rock Trailhead located north of Hwy 20 E near Horse Ridge.  Twenty-three SAR volunteers also responded and conducted searches in the area throughout the night.  Search methods included: ground teams, trackers, search dogs, and drones.  An AirLink helicopter also assisted by providing aerial searches with a SAR navigator on board.  Attempts to locate Hawkins via his cell phone were unsuccessful.  Hawkins was not located by the initial search operations, which concluded around 3 am.

An additional fifteen SAR volunteers and three deputies began searching around 7 am this morning including: ground, tracking, drone and ATV teams.  Current plans also include additional aerial searches by AirLink and the Civil Air Patrol as resources and conditions permit.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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DCSO Searching for Missing Skier (Photo) - 12/26/19

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Update by:  Lt. Bryan Husband, Search and Rescue Coordinator

 

At about 8:30am, on 12/26/19, search efforts by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue and Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort Ski Patrol Staff resumed.  In total, 18 DCSO SAR Volunteers and two DCSO Deputies combined with numerous Mt Bachelor Ski Patrol staff to resume the search effort.  At about 9:00am, it was reported that Gingerich had walked up to the Cloudchaser lift, contacting Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort staff there.  Searchers responded to that location and confirmed it was Gingerich, who was very cold and tired, but otherwise uninjured.  She was treated at the resort by Mt. Bachelor staff.

Gingerich stated she was unable to remember which direction she had skied after taking the Sunrise lift at the resort the day before.  She stated she skied into the trees and ultimately crashed.  She left her skis and poles behind and walked part of the way down the mountain before falling asleep at the base of a tree.  Gingerich stated she woke up just before sunrise and walked the remaining distance down the mountain and ultimately to the Cloudchaser lift.  Alcohol was involved and is believed to be a cause for Gingerich's unknown direction of travel.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to encourage those recreating in the backcountry as well as Mt. Bachelor, to keep your cell phone with you if at all possible so you are able to communicate an emergency if it arises, whether for yourself or someone else.  Keep the cell phone in a warm inner pocket and in "airplane mode" so as to extend the battery life.  Ski or recreate with a partner and communicate a plan with your partner on what you will do or where you will meet, if you get separated.

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Released by:  Lt. Bryan Husband, Search and Rescue Coordinator

Release Date:  12/26/19

Missing Skier:  Ashlee Gingerich, 30 year old female, California

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a resident of California, last seen on Christmas Day at approximately 3:40 pm near the top of the Sunrise chair lift, at Mt. Bachelor.

On 12/25/19, at approximately 5:03 pm deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were contacted by Mt. Bachelor Ski Patrol regarding an overdue skier. It was reported that Ashlee Gingerich, 30 years of age, had not reunited with her party on Mt. Bachelor. Mt. Bachelor Ski patrol swept all runs on the mountain and searched likely areas without success. Gingerich is described as approximately 5'6, 140 lbs with dark blonde hair. She was last seen around 3:40 wearing a black helmet, pink/purple pants with a green jacket. Gingerich does not have a phone with her.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue responded to Mt. Bachelor with one deputy and nine DCSO SAR volunteers. DCSO SAR resources utilized skiers to search treed areas in the area Gingerich was last seen. DCSO SAR also used a Drone with infrared capabilities. Gingerich was not located. SAR searched the mountain in coordination with Mt. Bachelor operations through the night. Additional searches will resume early this morning on 12/26/19.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information related to Gingerich's activity on 12/25/19 or that has seen Ashlee Gingerich to call into non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911 and speak with a deputy.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

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Deputy Involved shooting in La Pine, Suspect in custody, No one injured (Photo) - 12/25/19

Released by: Lt. Chad Davis

Release Date: 12/25/19 at 11:38 p.m.

 

Location:  16000 Block of Dyke Road

                    La Pine, Oregon

 

Suspect: White male adult, name withheld at this time.

NARRATIVE:

A deputy-involved shooting has occurred involving one of our deputies in the area of the 16000 Block of Dyke Road in La Pine, during the course of a traffic stop.  The shooting occurred at 6:58 pm.  The Tri-County Major Incident Team is on the scene at this time. 

The adult male suspect in this incident has been taken into custody and was not injured in the incident. Our deputies were not injured. Any future information will be released by the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office and Major Incident Team.

In accordance with our office's standard practice, two deputies at the scene will be placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

 

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