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Death Investigation at the Benton County Jail - 09/27/22

CORVALLIS, Ore. On September 26, 2022, a 51-year-old female adult in custody (AIC), was found deceased in the Benton County Jail.

Jail deputies located the AIC unconscious in the main block hallway at 10:30 p.m. Monday night and immediately performed CPR, but were unsuccessful in resuscitating her.

The cause of death is not known at this time; foul play is not suspected.

The AIC was lodged into the jail on August 31, 2022, on six warrants and awaiting trial on multiple cases.

After next of kin has been notified, the name will be released. Per established procedure, an investigation is being conducted by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

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Benton County Sheriff's Office and Northwest Hills Church Host Joint Event; Red Cross Blood Drive Open to the Public and is Part of Faith & Blue Weekend - 09/26/22

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Who: Benton County Sheriff’s Office and Northwest Hills Community Church

Where: 3300 NW Walnut Blvd, Corvallis, OR  97330

When: Friday, October 7, 2022, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office, along with Northwest Hills Community Church and the Red Cross, is facilitating a community service project. This partnership will afford the opportunity for a faith-based organization and law enforcement to work together to host a local blood drive.

Community members are asked to make an appointment with the Red Cross at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=FaithAndBlue.

Faith & Blue Weekend is a national event with activities in communities across the country that bring together law enforcement and residents to build connections, create mutual understanding, and enhance justice and reconciliation. To learn more, go to https://faithandblue.org/.

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Willamette River Drowning (Photo) - 09/06/22

CORVALLIS, Ore. – On September 2, 2022, at approximately 5:00 p.m., Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Marine Deputies located the deceased body of a male from the Willamette River near downtown Corvallis.

BCSO Detectives responded and during the course of the investigation were able to identify the remains to be those of 45-year-old Jeffrey Alan Pearce, of Corvallis.

Benton County Deputies worked with the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office and Pearce’s cause of death was determined to be from drowning. Pearce was not wearing a life jacket.

At this time, Deputies believe he had been in the river for several hours and do not believe the death was related to a criminal act.

If you have further information regarding the drowning, contact Detective Sgt. David Iverson at 541-766-0139.

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