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News Release
Hypothermic male found near Lava Lands Visitor Center - 01/11/19

Hypothermic male found near Lava Lands Visitor Center

Released by: Sgt. Grant Johnstone

Release Date: 01/11/2019

Contacted:  Gilliam, Adam - Age 27

                      John Day, Oregon

 

NARRATIVE:

On 01/10/2019 at 2215hrs, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Officers with Sunriver Police Department responded to a report of a disoriented male at the Lava Lands Visitor Center entrance on Highway 97.  The male was reportedly naked and approached another motorist asking for assistance to jumpstart a vehicle. 

When deputies and officers arrived, the male was located inside his vehicle at the entrance to the Lava Lands Visitor Center.  The male was exhibiting signs of hypothermia and had extensive injuries consistence with walking through trees and brush without clothing.

Medical personnel from Sunriver EMS responded and transported the male to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment.  Deputies spoke with the male at St. Charles Medical Center and learned that he had walked from Lava Lands Visitor Center to Benham Falls and back without clothing, covering a distance of over 10 miles.  Temperatures at the time were in the low 20’s.

Drugs are believed to be a factor in his behavior.  Intervention by Deschutes County Deputies and Sunriver Police Officers prevented further serious medical complications. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the more than 185,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 180 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

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