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Sheriff's Office seeks help locating missing Clark County man - 11/14/19

Ryan Berg has been reported missing since October 24, 2019. 

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is looking for anyone who knows the whereabouts of Ryan Berg or who may have seen him in the Hockinson area during the week of October 24, 2019. 

There are currently no suspicious circumstance surrounding his disappearance and his family is requesting privacy at this time. 

Please call the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Tip line at 564-397-2120 with any information.

Single Vehicle collision, driver transported **UPDATE: driver identified** - 11/12/19

UPDATED INFORMATION, 11/12/2019 at 2214 hours

The deceased driver is identified as Bryan A. Martin III, age 62.  Martin was a resident of Battle Ground.  He was operating his 2019 Buick Enclave at the time of the collision.  No other persons were injured.

On 11/12/19 at 1758 hours CCSO Deputies and Vancouver Fire personnel were dispatched to a single vehicle collision in the 10200 block of NE 72nd Avenue in Vancouver.  This is a four-lane roadway with a 45mph speed limit, and is heavily traveled during this time of day.

Upon arrival, first responders discovered a power pole had been struck, and live electrical lines were down across the entire roadway.  The involved vehicle had been traveling south on NE 72nd Avenue and had driven off the west side of the roadway, collided with two trees and a power pole, and traveled through a cyclone fence at 10200 NE 72nd Avenue, Montage Dog and Cat Boarding.

The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was unconscious and unresponsive at the scene.  Lifesaving efforts were undertaken at the scene and while enroute to the hospital. Sadly, the driver was pronounced dead at the hospital.  At this time, the CCSO Traffic Unit is investigating proximate causes to this collision. 

A vehicle traveling northbound was damaged by powerline guywires as they fell across the roadway.  No additional injuries were reported.

The driver was a male adult and his identification is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Fall Into a Great Job!
Fall Into a Great Job!
Sheriff's Office Hiring Workshop - November 6th, 2019 (Photo) - 10/30/19



Come to our hiring workshop and learn how you can begin a career in the Criminal Justice field!

The Clark County Sheriff's Office has immediate openings for a number of positions in Corrections, Enforcement and Sheriff’s Support roles.

The Sheriff's Office is hosting a free informational workshop for those interested in pursuing a career with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Listen to presentations from current Clark County Deputies, Sheriff's Human Resources staff and the Chief Civil Service Examiner about the application process from the initial testing to date of hire. Have all your recruitment questions ready. This is your opportunity to talk with us directly.

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
Public Safety Complex
505 NW 179th Street
Ridgefield, Wash. 98642

(Northwest of the Clark County Fairgrounds)

For more information, call Sheriff's Recruitment at 360.397.2176 or email

Testing for Corrections and Enforcement Deputy Positions will be held in Vancouver Sunday, November 24th, 2019. Register for deputy testing at Public Safety Testing .com

Attached Media Files: Fall Into a Great Job!
Clark County Sheriff's Office seeking identity of a construction burglar. (Photo) - 10/30/19

On at least two separate occasions, this unknown individual stole over $50,000 worth of construction equipment from a construction site located at the 13400 block of NE 23rd avenue in Vancouver, Washington.  If you know the identity of this individual or have information regarding these burglaries, please contact Detective Andrew Kennison at">

Clark County Sheriff's Office uses DNA technology and seeks assistance in a 1980 unsolved homicide (Photo) - 10/29/19

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the assistance of the media and the public regarding an unsolved case from 1980.  The Sheriff’s Cold Case Unit is seeking background information on the following persons who resided in the Portland-Vancouver area between 1970 and 1980:


Sandra Renee (“Sandy”) Morden, born in 1962 and who was a juvenile in the 1970s;


Andrew Bain (“Andy”) Morden, Sandy’s father, who was born in 1930 and who would have been in his forties in the 1970s; and 


Kathryn Irene (“Irene”) Morden, Sandy’s mother, who was born in 1938, whose maiden name was Long, and who would have been in her thirties during the 1970s.


The Mordens moved to Portland from the San Francisco Bay area.  Andy Morden, who was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War era, worked in the maritime trades on tugboats providing service to pulp, paper and logging interests on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.  Andy and Irene were divorced in the early 1970s, with Andy assuming custody of Sandy.  Following the divorce, Irene lived separately at various locations in Portland and in the Bay area.  Andy and Sandy lived in Portland and Vancouver.  Sandy attended Binnesmead Middle School (now Harrison Park Middle School) on S.E. 87th Avenue in Portland in 1974 and 1975.  She attended Gaiser Middle School on N.E. 99th Street in Vancouver in 1975 and 1976.  She attended Wilson High School on S.W. Vermont Street in Portland in 1976 and 1977.  Irene Morden passed away in San Francisco in 1988.  Andy Morden retired to Ilwaco, Washington, where he died in 1999.  Sandy’s whereabouts between May 1977 and February 1980 have yet to be determined.


On February 24, 1980, approximately 39 years ago, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office investigated the discovery of human skeletal remains located along Fly Creek near Amboy, Washington, in rural Clark County.  The victim, believed to be female and in her mid to late teens, was the victim of a homicide.  Over the years, three facial reconstructions and multiple media releases were unsuccessful in identifying the remains, often referred to as Fly Creek Jane Doe.  However, as a result of DNA and genealogy investigations, Sheriff’s detectives have determined that the recovered remains are those of Sandy Morden.


In 2019, Clark County detectives sought the services of Parabon NanoLabs, a DNA technology company in Virginia, for assistance in attempting to identify the Fly Creek Jane Doe.  The first step in the identification process was the company’s Snapshot ™ DNA Phenotyping Service.  Phenotyping is the process of predicting physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA evidence.  Using DNA evidence from this investigation, Snapshot produced trait predictions for the associated person of interest (POI). Individual predictions were made for the subject’s ancestry, eye color, hair color, skin color, freckling, and face shape. By combining these attributes of appearance, a Snapshot composite was produced depicting what the POI may have looked like at the time of her death.


After the phenotyping was completed, the newest Snapshot service offering genetic genealogy was applied as the second step of Parabon’s identification process. Genetic genealogy is advanced DNA testing in combination with innovative genetic analysis, sophisticated identification techniques and traditional genealogical methods to establish the relationship between an individual and his/her ancestors. For forensic investigations, genetic genealogy is used to generate highly informative leads as to the possible identity of an unknown victim or offender.


In its investigation, Parabon submitted a genetic data profile created from the unknown crime scene DNA sample to a public genetic genealogy database** for comparison in hope of finding individuals who share significant amounts of DNA with the unknown subject. These genetic links serve as clues to inform traditional genealogy research.   Using online genealogy databases, newspaper archives, public family trees, obituaries, and other public records, family trees of the DNA links are constructed to reach back to the set of possible common ancestors.  Descendant research is then employed to enumerate the possible identities of the unknown subject.


**[ Please note that ONLY publicly available databases that allow law enforcement cases to be uploaded were used.  At NO TIME were the private commercial DNA service databases, such as 23andMe or AncestryDNA, used.]  


Following the combined process of phenotyping and genetic genealogy, Clark County detectives contacted probable family members identified by Parabon.  One  family member advised detectives that Sandra had been missing since the 1970’s and provided a name, family history, photographs and a family DNA reference sample which confirmed the relationship between the Fly Creek Jane Doe and the Morden family.


Clark County Sheriff’s detectives would like to hear from friends, acquaintances, neighbors, coworkers, fellow veterans and classmates of Andy, Irene and Sandy Morden, particularly those who interacted with them after 1970.  Persons with any information are urged to contact Detective Lindsay Schultz or 360.397.2036

Suspect in store
Suspect in store
Updated Press Release regarding 10/13/19 Burglary and Officer Involved Shooting (Photo) - 10/25/19

Updated Press Release regarding 10/13/19 Burglary and Officer Involved Shooting:

On 10/13/19 at 12:05 AM Vancouver Police responded to an alarm call at 6714 NE 18th St.  Responding officers observed signs of a burglary and observed a male inside the building. Arriving officers were setting up containment on the building when a garage bay door began to open.  The suspect stole a Range Rover SUV from inside the building which he quickly accelerated from the building, nearly striking one of the officers on scene.  The officer discharged his firearm in an attempt to prevent the suspect from striking him.  The vehicle fled up an embankment and through an adjacent property.  Officers pursued the vehicle but were unable to safely keep up.  The Range Rover was located minutes later abandoned in the area of E 5th St and S Blandford Dr.  A K9 track for the suspect was initiated but it was unsuccessful.  It does not appear the suspect was shot during the incident.


The officer involved shooting investigation is being handled by the Regional Major Crimes Team, led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.  Detectives have used evidence at the scene and statements from officers to create a 3D rendered animation of the approximate path of the stolen Range Rover.  The approximate location of the officer is marked by an X.

Links to the animations:

Evidence shows the suspect arrived at the burglary scene on a stolen bicycle.  Video evidence collected nearby shows the suspect on the bicycle prior to the burglary.  The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is attempting to identify the suspect.  He is suspected of committing the crimes of Assault in the First Degree (RCW 9A.36.011), Burglary in the Second Degree (RCW 9A.52.030), Theft of a motor vehicle (RCW 9A.56.065), Attempting to Elude Police (RCW 46.61.024), and Possession of a Stolen Property (RCW 9A.56.160).

Link to video of suspect at nearby store:

If you recognize the person in the attached pictures or video please call CCSO Major Crimes at 564-397-2120 or 1-877-CRIME11.  Reporters can be anonymous.

Clark County Sheriff's Office Jail Inmate passes away in the Hospital - 10/23/19

On 10/17/19, a 63 year old inmate returning from meeting with his Attorney was observed by jail staff suffering from a medical condition.  Jail medical staff began treating the inmate and an Ambulance was called.  The inmate was transported to an area hospital where he remained in critical condition.  He subsequently passed away on 10/22/19.  Since the inmate was incarcerated at the time, this is considered an in-custody death.  The death appears to be natural causes.   

No further information at this time.

Attempting to identify suspect - 10/17/19

Please see attached flyer for information about identifying a suspect.

thank you

Attached Media Files: Suspect_FLIER_PUBLIC.doc