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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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Burglary Suspect Caught in Sisters - 09/09/19

 

Burglary Suspect Arrested in Sisters

By:  Sergeant Troy Gotchy

Suspect:  Huber, Ryan Paul 43 years of age

                 Sisters, Oregon

Charges:  Burglary I

                Criminal Mischief II

                Criminal Trespass I

On 09/09/19 at approximately 0154 hours, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a burglary in progress at 1659 W. Carson Avenue in Sisters, Oregon.  Dispatch advised Deputies that an unknown male subject had entered the house there by breaking down the back the door of the residence.  The suspect (Huber) was confronted by the homeowner who was armed with a rifle.  Huber left the residence after being confronted.

Huber then went to the neighboring house and began ringing the doorbell.  The homeowner there also called 911, and told Huber to leave.  Huber then walked over to the area of the original house he broke into where he was again confronted by the armed homeowner.  The homeowner held him at gunpoint until Sheriff’s Office units arrived on scene.

Huber was detained at the scene without incident, and advised Deputies he believed his family, who lived nearby, was in grave danger and being held hostage.  Several Deputies went to Huber’s residence to conduct a welfare check, and found everyone safe and sleeping.

Huber was arrested for the listed charges, and booked into the Deschutes County Adult Jail.  There were no injuries during this incident.  The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Black Butte Police Department.

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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Foot Chase leads to Tasing of Wanted Fugitive - 09/09/19

****corrected date 9-9-2019***

Released by: Sergeant James McLaughlin

Release Date: 09/09/2019

ARRESTEE: David Edward Stryffeler, 36 year old male

CHARGES: Escape 2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest, Unlawful Possession Methamphetamine (felony), Attempt to Elude (misdemeanor), Parole Violation, Felon in Possession of Weapon

On 9-8-2019, at approximately 0956 hours, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were in the area of the 2000 block of NW 35th Street in Redmond investigating a possible Code/Ordinance Violation. During the investigation deputies learned of a male residing at the residence that had a State-Wide felony warrant for Parole Violation. The male, identified as David Edward Stryffeler (36 yom), attempted to hide from deputies in an adjacent lot. Deputies located Stryffeler who immediately began to flee the scene on foot with deputies giving chase.

The foot pursuit continued for about 100 yards before Stryffeler climbed a fence to a neighboring residence and was surrounded by deputies. At that point, Stryffeler stopped and began to approach deputies in a combative manner. After several unheeded warnings, deputies deployed a Conducted Energy Weapon (Taser) to detain Stryffeler.  Stryffeler was then taken into custody and treated at the scene by Redmond Fire/Paramedics. An area canvas was conducted and deputies located a felony amount of methamphetamine along with other drug paraphernalia.

Stryffeler was transported to the St. Charles Medical Center, Redmond, with non-life-threatening injuries sustained as a result of his attempt to resist arrest. He was later released from the hospital and lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on the above mentioned charges.

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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Mentor a Child with an Incarcerated Parent- Fall Training (9/21) (Photo) - 09/09/19

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, September 21, COPY will offer thier fall 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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Child Pornography Investigation Leads to Arrest of Redmond Area Man (Photo) - 09/05/19

Released by:  Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date:  September 5, 2019       

Location:  1400 block of Highland View Loop, Redmond Area              

Arrested: Shipman, Joshua N.  Age: 43  Redmond, Oregon

Charges: Encouraging Child Sex Abuse 1st Degree (7 counts) Encouraging Child Sex Abuse 2nd Degree (12 counts)

NARRATIVE:

In the spring of 2019, detectives with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation after receiving a tip from Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) regarding Joshua Shipman possibly possessing and distributing child pornography in Deschutes County.  On August, 28, 2019, detectives contacted Shipman while a search warrant was being executed at his residence in the 1400 block of Highland View Loop, west of Redmond.  During the search warrant, detectives found evidence of Shipman viewing and distributing images of child pornography. Shipman was arrested and then lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail on the charges of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse in the First and Second Degree.

Additionally, detectives obtained evidence that led them to obtain a second search warrant for a residence located on Ramblewood Drive, in Coquille, Oregon.  On September 4, 2019, detectives executed the warrant with the assistance of the Coos County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives seized additional items of evidence, as well as identified a thirty-two year old Coquille woman as a person of interest in this case.

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force 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 arrests 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, 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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Attached Media Files: Shipman Booking Photo
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Personal Document Shredding Event this Saturday in Terrebonne (Photo) - 09/05/19

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date: September 5, 2019

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting our next public shredding event this Saturday, September 7, from 10:00am until noon in the parking lot of the DCSO Terrebonne Substation, located at 8156 11th Street.  We will be collaborating with Data Delete during the event to provide residents of Deschutes County the opportunity to destroy up to four medium boxes of personal documents.  We will also have valuable identity-theft prevention information available for our community members hoping to learn more.

Shredding events are for private residential document shredding and are not intended for business or commercial disposal. No advance document sorting is necessary as shredding equipment can destroy paperwork with paper clips or staples attached.

Prescription Drug Disposal On-Site

The Sheriff's Office will have a deputy on-site to collect outdated or unwanted prescription medications.  One purpose of the drug disposal program is to keep unwanted or unused medications out of the hands of unintended users, children and animals. Proper disposal methods also reduce the environmental impact to our water, soil and landfills.  Please, remove any needles or sharps before turning in unwanted medications. 

Canned Food Drive

The Sheriff's Office will be accepting non-perishable food donations during the event.  Participants are asked to consider bringing a donation to benefit local food banks.

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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Search Underway For Missing Horseback Rider in Cline Buttes Area (Photo) - 09/02/19

Next of kin of Mr. Hurtley have been notified

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

Date:  09/02/19

DCSO Patrol Deputies continued to search in the area of Cline Buttes throughout the night without locating Mr. Hurtley.  On 09/02/19, at about 5:20 am, DCSO Search and Rescue Volunteers began responding to the Cline Buttes area covering several search assignments, including drone, K-9 teams, man tracking experts, ATV's, horse teams, ground search and further road searches.  A total of 47 DCSO SAR Volunteers responded, as well as 6 DCSO Deputies.  There were also several friends and family members of Mr. Hurtley who also assisted with the continued search.

At about 9:40 am, one of the DCSO SAR Volunteer ground search teams located Mr. Hurtley, deceased from a self inflicted death, on the west side of Cline Buttes, approximately 3/4 of the way up to the top of the butte.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Hurtley's family and friends.

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Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

Location: Cline Buttes Area

Date/Time: 09-01-19/4:45 pm

Missing: Chad Hurtley, 49 yrs, Redmond, OR

Narrative:

On 09-01-19 at approximately 4:45 pm, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a found horse on Cline Falls Rd.  Upon further investigation, it was determined the horse belonged to 49 year old Chad Hurtley of Redmond.  It was also determined, Hurtley left his home near Cline Falls Rd around 10:30 this morning on horseback.  He regularly rides from home into the Cline Buttes area for a few hours and then returns home. It appears that on this occasion, Hurtley and his horse became separated and the horse returned towards Hurtley’s home.

Hurtley is approximately 6 ft, 195 pounds, with salt and pepper hair.  He was last seen wearing a white long sleeve western shirt, blue jeans, boots, and a straw cowboy hat.  The horse he was riding is described as a chestnut colored (reddish brown with a similar colored main and tail) quarter horse.

Deputies assisted by SAR volunteers searched into the night.  A LifeFlight Helicopter searched the area before dark, but did not locate Hurtley.  Friends and family also searched the area.  Deputies will continue to search the area roads through the night.  A significant search operation is planned to begin early tomorrow (Monday, 09-02-19), including ground searchers, horse teams, drones, trackers, and search dogs.

Anyone who saw Hurtley on this date or has information on his whereabouts are asked to contact the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office through non-emergency dispatch at 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.

Attached Media Files: Chad Hurtley
K-9 Apprehension of Wanted Felon after Foot Pursuit - 09/01/19

MEDIA RELEASE:   

Released by: Sergeant James McLaughlin

Release Date: 09/01/2019

 

ARRESTEE: Gledhill, Aryan Lee (19 yom)

 

CHARGES:

 

Felony Warrant X2 for Aggravated Harassment

 

Escape 2nd Degree

 

Attempt to Elude Misdemeanor

 

Possession of Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine (felony)

 

Resisting Arrest

 

Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree

 

NARRATIVE:

 

On 9-1-2019, at approximately 1139 am Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division conducted a traffic stop on Highway 97 near Rocking Horse Rd. It was later learned that Aryan Lee Gledhill was a passenger in the vehicle during that traffic stop but, at the time, was not identified. Deputies later learned Gledhill had two outstanding felony warrants for his arrest out of Marion County for Aggravated Harassment. The vehicle description and identity of the male was provided to other Deschutes County Deputies, who began looking for Gledhill.

 

At approximately 1219 pm a deputy observed Gledhill inside the vehicle traveling south on Highway 97 near La Pine. Patrol deputies coordinated a traffic stop near the 51000 block of Highway 97 in an attempt to contact and arrest Gledhill. Gledhill exited the vehicle and fled on foot, crossing Highway 97 as deputies gave chase. Deschutes County Deputy Keith Slater deployed his canine partner “Brolo” who, with the help of other deputies, apprehended Gledhill about 30 yards from the traffic stop. Both north and south bound traffic voluntarily stopped to allow the suspect and pursuing deputies to safely cross Highway 97 while in foot pursuit.

 

Gledhill was treated at the scene by La Pine Fire/Paramedics before being transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with non-life-threatening dog bite injuries related to his apprehension. He was later transported to the Deschutes County Adult Jail and lodged on the above mentioned charges. 

 

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 Pacific Crest Trail Hiker Rescued (Photo) - 08/28/19

Released by:         Deputy Josh Westfall, Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Occurred:              08/28/19, 12:38 PM

Location:               The Husband (mountain in Lane County west of the Three Sisters)

Rescued:               Mills, Cory, 34 yo male, Happy Valley, Oregon

           

NARRATIVE:

On 8/28/19 at about 12:38 PM, Deschutes County dispatch received a 911 call from a family member of a solo hiker on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The family member had reportedly received a distress message from the hiker, Cory Mills, who said in the message that he had gone off trail to hike The Husband but a rock had fallen on him causing injuries. The message also stated “911”.  Further details, including whether or not Mills was disabled or mobile, were not available at that time

The family member called 911 and two Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to the call. Attempts to contact Mills via cell phone were not successful and the cell phone carrier was not able to provide coordinates for his location. Further attempts to ascertain Mills’ coordinates via other resources were not successful.

Due to the circumstances, including unknown injuries to Mills, AirLink and Life Flight were contacted for assistance but were not able to fly due to inclement weather.

Additionally due to jurisdiction, Deputies contacted the Lane County Sheriff's Office to advise them of the call and to help coordinate the rescue. Lane County responded by sending in two ground search and rescue teams—one from the north and one from the west—while the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue sent a ground team of six volunteers in from Devil’s Lake Trailhead to the PCT. Two DCSO Deputies remained in headquarters to continue to coordinate the rescue.  

The DCSO SAR volunteers located Mills on the PCT in Lane County about 4.5 miles from the Devil’s Lake Trailhead. Mills had been hiking his way out with non-life-threatening injuries and was unable to send out further messages due to poor cell phone service in that area. Mills was evaluated and treated on scene by DCSO SAR medics. He was then assisted back to the Devil’s Lake Trailhead arriving at approximately 9:30 pm where he declined further medical assistance. Mills was transported to St. Charles Bend by a friend for further treatment.

Mills was well equipped for his hike and provided family members with his route. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to encourage the public to consider alternate communication devices due to unreliable cell phone coverage while recreating in the wilderness.   

 

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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Male dies from fall at Smith Rock State Park - 08/26/19

***** Update to below media release *****

By:  Sergeant James McLaughlin

Deceased: Chaitanya Sathe, 35 year old male from Hillsboro OR

 

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By: Deputy Aaron Myers, Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator 

Deceased: Name withheld pending notification of next of kin

On August 24, 2019, at 0940 hours, Deschutes County 911 Dispatch received a call that a male had fallen approximately 100 feet near the access to Lower Gorge at Smith Rock State Park.

Redmond Fire, 4 Deschutes County Sheriffs' Office Deputies and 12 Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers responded to the scene. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

During the investigation, it was determined the male was making his way down a climber's path toward the northeast Lower Gorge inside Smith Rock State Park, when he apparently tripped and fell approximately 100 feet.  

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers completed the recovery.