Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office
Emergency Messages as of 12:49 pm, Fri. Apr. 19
No information currently posted. Operating as usual.
Subscribe to receive FlashAlert messages from Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office. Please use any browser other than Internet Explorer.
Primary email address for a new account:

Emergency Alerts News Releases  
And/or follow our FlashAlerts via Twitter

About FlashAlert on Twitter:

FlashAlert utilizes the free service Twitter to distribute emergency text messages. While you are welcome to register your cell phone text message address directly into the FlashAlert system, we recommend that you simply "follow" the FlashAlert account for Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office by clicking on the link below and logging in to (or creating) your free Twitter account. Twitter sends messages out exceptionally fast thanks to arrangements they have made with the cell phone companies.

Click here to add Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office to your Twitter account or create one.

Hide this Message

Manage my existing Subscription

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



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.


## End of Release ##

View more news releases from Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office.