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Arrest Made in Sisters Area Graffiti Investigation (Photo) - 10/15/19

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date: October 15, 2019

Location: Sisters, Oregon         

Arrested: Affatati, Sofia A.  Age 18  Sisters, Oregon

NARRATIVE:

Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office have been actively investigating a series vandalism cases in the Sisters area since this past July.  The vandalism involved graffiti both inside and outside the City of Sisters that had occurred over a several week period.  Today, eighteen-year-old Sofia Affatati was arrested in connection with this investigation.  Affatati has since been lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail on two counts of Criminal Mischief I and five counts of Criminal Mischief II. 

The investigation is still ongoing and additional arrests are possible.  Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.

Below is the release that went out via social media on July 18, 2019:

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on a series of vandalism cases in the Sisters are over the last couple weeks. Similar graffiti to what is shown in this photo has been located in various locations, both inside and outside of the City of Sisters. The graffiti often includes a three or four pointed crown and several variations of the letter combination "SGR". As we continue to actively investigate these incidents of vandalism in our community, we ask the residents and visitors of Sisters to help us by keeping an extra vigilant watch and report any suspicious activity that could be related to these crimes.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911 and request to speak to a deputy. Tips can also be submitted to our Facebook page via private message.

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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Horse Rescue in La Pine (Photo) - 10/15/19

Released by: Sgt. Aaron Harding

Release Date: October 15, 2019

Owner: Gorden, Frank     73        La Pine, Oregon.

NARRATIVE:

On October 14, 2019 at approximatley 5:16pm, a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a report of two horses at large in the area of Green Forest Rd and Holtzclaw Rd. When the deputy arrived in the area, he was advised by citizens the owner, Frank Gorden, caught the horses and walked them home. The deputy arrived at the residence and discovered one of the horses fell into a hole when the owner was attempting to return it to pasture.  The hole was approximately 6’ long x 4’ wide x 2’ deep and was dug out to repair to a well on the property.

After about 20 minutes, it was obvious to the deputy and the horse owner that more help was needed to get the horse out of the hole and back onto its feet . The horse was showing signs of exhaustion after failing to remove itself from the hole, possibly due to its’ age.

A veterinarian and horse rescue organizations were contacted and asked to assist. Dr. Kelley A. Jones, DVM, and members from Mustangs To The Rescue and Mustangs MEND responded to the scene.  Dr. Jones and the rescue personnel utilized Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) techniques to extricate the horse from the hole. Additional deputies also arrived to assist. 

The horse, Bozeman, age 20, was able to stand with a little assistance a short time after. Bozeman was down for a total of about three hours. He appeared to be uninjured and is expected to fully recover.

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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Injured Hiker Rescued After Long Fall at Smith Rock State Park (Photo) - 10/12/19

Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay – Emergency Services Manager/Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Date: October 11, 2019

Location:  Smith Rock State Park, Terrebonne

Rescued:  Ian Rapp, Woodbury, Minnesota (23 yrs)          

NARRATIVE:

On October 11, 2019 shortly before 3:30 pm, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a welfare check at Smith Rock State Park regarding someone yelling.  A Special Services/Search and Rescue Deputy was sent to the scene.  While responding, more information was provided that aided narrowing down the subject's location and that the subject was possibly injured. The subject was later identified as 23 year old, Ian Rapp.

At approximately 3:55 pm, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (SAR) was activated to the scene.  Ultimately, 22 Search and Rescue Volunteers and 2 SAR Deputies responded to the scene along with three personnel from Redmond Fire and Rescue and Oregon State Parks.

SAR Volunteers and a Deputy hiked to the area below where Rapp was believed to be located in the area of Voyage of the Cow Dog, which is a route in the Picnic Lunch Wall climbing area.  It was determined initial rescuers would have to access Rapp's location from below, while additional rescuers went to the top of the formation to scout a location to establish a system to rescue Rapp.  Four rescuers climbed a multi-pitch route to a location above Rapp, traversed (moved laterally) to a location where they could rappel to Rapp's location.  The first rescuer, a SAR Medic made it to Rapp at approximately 6:15 pm.  He was not in an area where climbers would normally go and appeared to have fallen and tumbled approximately 150 feet to the location from above.  This area was an area of loose and unstable rock. 

Rapp appeared to be seriously injured and in a very precarious position. A technical rope system was rigged above Rapp, which was complicated by terrain and darkness.  Rapp was subsequently raised to the top of the formation and transported by wheeled litter down the Misery Ridge Trail to a waiting Life Flight helicopter, which flew him to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.  Rapp left the scene at approximately midnight.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office appreciates the excellent relationships with Redmond Fire and Rescue, Oregon State Parks, and Life Flight.

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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South County Pursuits Leads to the Arrest of Male Driver (Photo) - 10/10/19

Release Date: Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Released by: October 10, 2019

Location:  La Pine           

Arrested:  Cody R. Cruse             39 years old   (LKA Butte Falls, Oregon)                   

NARRATIVE:

On October 10, 2019, at approximately 0951 hours, a deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office observed a reckless driver on Highway 97, just north of La Pine.   The suspect vehicle, estimated to be traveling northbound at over 90 MPH, was passing other vehicles in the oncoming lane and on the roadway shoulder.  The deputy activated his emergency lights and siren and attempted to overtake and stop the vehicle for the observed driving.  A pursuit was initiated after the driver accelerated northbound to Wickiup Junction, then turned around and drove back southbound on Highway 97 towards La Pine.  The driver avoided a set of spike strips set up just north of La Pine and then the pursuit was discontinued prior to it entering La Pine in the interest of public safety.  It was determined the vehicle had continued through La Pine on Highway 97 and then turned westbound onto Jackpine Loop.  Deputies and Oregon State Police troopers began to set up a perimeter along Highway 97 in that area and worked together to keep the suspect vehicle from getting back onto the highway.

During this initial pursuit, the driver of the truck threw an object from the vehicle that the deputy was able to avoid in the roadway.  A citizen ultimately picked up this object and delivered it to the DCSO substation located at the south end of La Pine.  Upon arrival, the object was deemed suspicious in nature and the substation, along with the South County Services complex, was evacuated as a precaution.  The Oregon State Police Explosives Unit was contacted and then responded to the scene to assess the object.

At approximately 12:02pm, Deschutes County 911 received a call regarding a work truck that had just been stolen from the downtown area of La Pine.  The truck had a GPS tracker and the caller told dispatch the vehicle was in the area of Burgess Road and Lost Ponderosa Road, north of La Pine.  Deputies quickly responded to that area and located the stolen Mission Linen box truck.  A second pursuit was initiated of this stolen truck, which deputies were able to identify the driver as the same driver from the earlier pursuit.  This second pursuit stayed north of La Pine, primarily occurring in the forested area south of Burgess Road and east of Huntington Road.  The driver was able to leave this area and then get back onto Highway 97.  The driver then exited the highway again, driving into the forested area to the east of Highway 97 and to the south of Gordy’s Truck Stop.  Deputies and Oregon State Police troopers began to establish a perimeter around this area while an Oregon State Police aircraft assisted overhead.  The suspect fled from the truck on foot after driving over the railroad tracks in this area.  With the assistance of the Oregon State Police aircraft, deputies located and took the driver into custody a short time later.

The suspect, 39 year old Cody R. Cruse, was subsequently transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for a medical examination.  Cruse is currently being held on a Probation Detainer and once released from the hospital, he will face charges including; Elude or Attempt to Elude – Felony X 2, Elude or Attempt to Elude – Misdemeanor, Unauthorized Use of  Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief I, Criminal Trespass I, and Reckless Driving.

The Oregon State Police Explosives Unit later determined suspicious device thrown from the vehicle during the first pursuit was not dangerous.  It was determined to be a radio made from an ammunition can.  The green Ford truck from the first pursuit was found late this afternoon in a wooded area off of Jackpine Loop (see attached photo).

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Oregon State Police for their assistance in this case.

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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Sisters Man Arrested After Hemp Farm Theft (Photo) - 10/03/19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:  October 3, 2019

Released by: Sergeant Kent Vander Kamp

Sisters, OR – Sisters man arrested after hemp farm theft

On October 1st, 2019, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a theft of industrial hemp from a farm in the 66000 block of Gist Rd, in an unincorporated area of Sisters, Oregon.

The farmer reported finding a substantial amount of industrial hemp cut down and missing from his field. The cannabis crop comes in many different strains, or varietals. Many of those are bred into Marijuana and have high levels of THC, the psychoactive compound that causes impairment. Industrial hemp is not one of these; legally, industrial hemp is only permitted to have 0.3 percent THC at most. Although industrial hemp looks and smells like marijuana, the hemp plant is used for production of CDB oil and other industrial uses.

DCSO Deputies conducted an investigation and identified 20 year old, Noah Gabriel Kirshner, of Sisters, Oregon, as the suspect in the crop theft. It is undetermined if Kirshner believed the industrial hemp was actually marijuana or if he intended on selling the product fraudulently as marijuana. Kirshner did not have the equipment to extract the cannabinoids needed to make CBD oil or other hemp products.

Ultimately, the stolen hemp was later recovered from Kirshner’s home and returned to the farmer.

Kirshner was lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Jail and charged with Theft I, Trespass I and Probation Violation.

CONTACT FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:   Sgt. William Bailey, Public Information Officer, 541-388-6655 or SheriffPIO@deschutes.org  

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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China Hat Road Assault under investigation - 10/02/19

UPDATED INFORMATION 10/02/2019

 

On 10/02/19 Michael Olson was contacted and interviewed by detectives from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and the Portland Police Bureau. Based on statements made by Mr. Olson, detectives determined the incident Mr. Olson described on social media did not actually take place.

Based on what was learned from Mr. Olson, Go Fund Me was contacted about the investigation. Mr. Olson’s Go Fund Me page has since been shut down.

This investigation will be sent to the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office for review.

 

Released by: Lt. Chad Davis, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Detective Division

 

Release Date: 9/30/19

 

Reported Location:  In the vicinity of China Hat Road

                                     Bend, Oregon

Incident date/ time: Unknown at that time.

 

Reported victim: Olson, Michael    Adult male, unknown age

                               Reported address in Portland, Oregon

 

 

 

NARRATIVE:

 

On 9/26/19, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office received information from a concerned citizen through our agency’s website, regarding a male reporting he was assaulted by unknown assailants in the China Hat Road area, southeast of Bend. 

 

The citizen advised they had seen a post on the GoFundMe website, where the victim, Michael Olson, stated he had been a victim of a hate crime. The post was listed under the title Cricket and Michael's Recovery + Support.  The photos on the GoFundMe page, show Olson as being an African American male.

 

In the GoFundME post, Olson stated he had been stabbed, received injuries and some of his personal property had been damaged, to include his vehicle.  Olson’s post also mentioned his Blue Heeler named, “Cricket,” had been a victim, as well.   Olson was asking for monetary assistance to assist him with medical bills.

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office had received no reports of an assault or stabbing in this location from Mr. Olson. A Detective was assigned and made several attempts to contact Mr. Olson to investigate the incident and we have not been able to locate him for an interview.

 

The Portland Police Bureau was contacted and assigned an investigator from their Assault/ Bias Crimes Division to locate Mr. Olson for an  interview.   The Portland Police Bureau was also unable to locate Mr. OIson. 

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has an active investigation underway and will continue to attempt to locate Mr. Olson and obtain more information.

 

Any citizens with further information are asked to contact the non-emergency dispatch number of 541-693-6911.

 

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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Fatal crash on USFS road 1810 near Hwy 242, west of Sisters - 09/30/19

MEDIA RELEASE  

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash

Released by:    Lt. Mike Biondi

Release Date:   09/30/19                        

Driver #1: Bedore, Ross - 59 years of age - Redmond, Oregon

Vehicle #1:  Gray 2000 Jeep Cherokee

NARRATIVE:

On 9/28/19, at approximately 5:19 PM, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and a USFS LEO were dispatched to a reported Injury Motor Vehicle Accident on Forest Service Road 1810 near Highway 242 (MP 86.5) The caller reported driving upon the Jeep that had crashed head-on into a tree.  Bedore, the only occupant of the Jeep, was unresponsive in the driver's seat.  The reporting party's family member pulled Bedore from the Jeep.  The first deputy and USFS LEO arrived within a minute and began CPR on Bedore.   

Sisters Fire Department Paramedics arrived approximately 10 minutes later and took over life-saving efforts.  Bedore was transported to the Sisters Fire Department where he was ultimately pronounced deceased. 

Investigating deputies determined Bedore was headed north on the 1810 road.  For unknown reasons, his Jeep left the gravel/dirt roadway, striking the tree.  Bedore had been wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.  Speed is believed to be a factor in this crash. 

On 09/29/19 Bedore's next of kin were located and notified. 

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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Fall 2019 Coffee with the Sheriff Events Announced (Photo) - 09/27/19

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date: September 27, 2019

NARRATIVE:

Sheriff L. Shane Nelson is thrilled to announce five upcoming Coffee with the Sheriff events.  These events have been organized in partnership with local organizations to give community members an opportunity to have coffee and conversation with Sheriff L. Shane Nelson.  Coffee with the Sheriff events are two hours long and will follow an open house format.  Community members are welcome to drop in at any time during the scheduled event and stay for some or all of the time. 

 

•         Thursday, October 10, 2019

•         Location: Sisters Coffee Company: 273 W Hood Avenue, Sisters

•         Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

 

•         Wednesday, October 16, 2019

•         Location: Community Room at Hospice of Redmond: 732 SW 23rd Street, Redmond

•         Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

 

•         Thursday, October 24th, 2019

•         Location: WildRoots Coffeehouse in Bend: 63130 Lancaster Street, Suite 145, Bend

•         Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

 

•         Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

•         Location: La Pine Senior Activity Center: 16450 Victory Way, La Pine

•         Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

 

•         Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

•         Location: TeaCupFuls in Bend: 19570 Amber Meadow Drive, Suite 190, Bend

•         Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

 

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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Attached Media Files: Coffee with the Sheriff
La Pine Man Crashes Stolen Motorcycle After Pursuit is Discontinued. - 09/25/19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: September 24th, 2019

Released by: Sergeant Kent Vander Kamp

La Pine, OR – La Pine Man Crashes Stolen Motorcycle After Pursuit is Discontinued.

On September 24th, 2019 at approximately 8:25PM, a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputy attempted to stop an off-road motorcycle for traffic violations near the intersection of Amber Ln and Big Timber Dr. The motorcycle sped away and refused to stop. The Deputy pursued for a brief time before discontinuing the pursuit in the interest of community safety.

About 10 minutes later, Deschutes County 911 received a report of a single-vehicle motorcycle crash at the intersection of Day Rd and Snowberry Lane. This was about ½ mile away from where the original pursuing DCSO Deputy last saw the motorcycle.

A second DCSO Deputy arrived at the crash scene and provided medical aid until Paramedics from the La Pine Fire Department arrived.

The rider, Anthony Lee Scott, age 32 of La Pine, Oregon was transported to St. Charles Health System – Bend by ground ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

During the investigation, DCSO Deputies discovered the motorcycle was stolen earlier this year from residence in McMinnville, Oregon. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Mr. Scott was cited, in-lieu-of-custody, for ORS 819.300 Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, ORS 811.540 Attempting to Elude – Felony, and ORS 811.140 Reckless Driving and released.

Instead of a “physical arrest”, the citation-in-lieu-of-custody releases the person on the promise to appear in court at a specified date and time. Due to privacy laws, I am unable to specify the reason a “citation-in-lieu-of custody” was used in this particular case. However, citations-in-lieu of custody are often used when people are charged with certain misdemeanor or felony offenses, are too unhealthy or ill for jail, they require emergent medical or mental health care at a hospital or several other unusual circumstances. However, a citation-in-lieu of custody is still an “arrest” and does not discount the seriousness of the alleged crimes.

CONTACT FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:   Sgt. William Bailey, Public Information Officer, 541-388-6655 or SheriffPIO@deschutes.org  

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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Three Rivers School Student Charged After Making Fictitious Report (Photo) - 09/23/19

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date: September 23, 2019

Location:  Three Rivers School; 56900 Enterprise Drive, Sunriver, OR 97707

Arrested:  14-year-old juvenile male

NARRATIVE:

On September 23, 2019, at approximately 2:30 pm, a School Resource Deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a report made by a 14-year-old student of Three Rivers School.  The 14-year-old student had reported to school administration that earlier in the day he had heard another student make a comment that threatened violence at the school involving the use of a firearm.

The School Resource Deputy acted quickly and began investigating the threat and its origin.  During the investigation, it was determined the 14-year-old student had made up the story about hearing the threat of violence that he had reported to school administration.  The investigation found no evidence of a credible threat to the safety of students and staff at Three Rivers School.

The 14-year-old student has been cited and released to his parents on one count of Disorderly Conduct I and one count of Initiating a False Report.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office takes any threat to the safety of our schools very seriously. Any threat to the safety of our schools will not be tolerated and will be investigated completely in partnership with school officials.  This is also a good time to remind our community that all firearms in the home should be locked up and/or secured in a manner that keeps them out of the hands of those who should not have them.

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, Street Crimes, 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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Human Remains Located Near Bend; Subject Identified, No Foul Play Suspected (Photo) - 09/19/19

** Updated September 19, 2019 at 09:35am **

The human remains located near the intersection of Highway 20 and Robal Road on September 15, 2019 have been positively identified as belonging to thirty-five year old Charles F. Shepard of Bend.  No foul play is suspected in his death.

Shepard's next of kin has been notified.

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Released by: Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date: September 16, 2019

NARRATIVE:

On September 15, 2019, at approximately 10:45 am, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) were dispatched to a report of human remains that had been located just north of the City of Bend, near the intersection of Hwy 20 West and Robal Road.  An individual walking their dog on private property between Highway 20 and OB Riley Road made the discovery and reported the finding to Deschutes County 911.

Deputies and DCSO detectives arrived at the location and confirmed the discovery of decomposed human remains, likely belonging to that of an adult male.  Deputies and detectives worked throughout the afternoon, assisted by the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, Deschutes County Medical Examiner, and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab, to document, collect evidence, and recover the human remains for autopsy.  An autopsy is currently scheduled for tomorrow, September 17, to assist investigators with positively identifying the subject and to determine a cause of death.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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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