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A firefighter sprays water on burning material at the scene of a fatal helicopter crash on Thursday.
A firefighter sprays water on burning material at the scene of a fatal helicopter crash on Thursday.
Fatal Helicopter Crash (Photo) - 05/28/20

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Deputies are investigating a fatal aircraft accident which occurred on Thursday afternoon. 

Around 2:13 pm, 9-1-1 dispatchers received reports of a small aircraft which crashed near the 2300-block of Glengary Loop Road. 

Deputies along with the Winston Police Department, Douglas County Fire District #2 responded and located a downed burning helicopter on private property. It was determined that at least one individual died in the crash. 

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have been notified and are working with the Sheriff's Office. 

No additional details are available at this time.  

Douglas County SAR
Douglas County SAR
Search and Rescue Mission Underway (Photo) - 05/28/20

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Deputies and Search & Rescue crews are searching for a reported vehicle crash which was relayed via CB radio this morning. 

At 9:14 am, the 911 center received a report from an individual who overheard a distress call on CB radio channel 17 from a male who stated he and his wife had been involved in a vehicle crash on Thunder Mountain and were in need of medical help. The caller told dispatchers he was near Tyee when he received the call. There was no further information to assist responders. 

Deputies and Search & Rescue Crews are searching Thunder Mountain area southeast of Glide for signs of a vehicle crash and have yet to locate anything. There are no other known locations within Douglas County referred to as Thunder Mountain. 

Anyone who overheard the radio traffic or has concerns about missing or overdue individuals is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.

The Sheriff's Office is being assisted by the Oregon State Police, BLM Law Enforcement and Douglas Forest Protective Association. 

Attached Media Files: Douglas County SAR
Roseburg Woman Arrested for Arson - 05/26/20

SUTHERLIN, Ore. - A Roseburg woman was arrested for arson on Monday and lodged in the Douglas County Jail. 

Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 400-block of North Side Road around 12:40pm on May 25, 2020 for a report of a fire. When deputies arrived, a female was observed running from the residence with a lighter in her hand. Deputies chased her down on foot where a struggle ensued near the burning residence. During the struggle, the female, 37-year-old Diane Elaine Morey, struck a deputy. She was eventually taken into custody and transported to Mercy Medical Center for evaluation before being lodged in the jail. 

Morey was lodged on charges of Arson I, Resisting Arrest and Harassment. 

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Oregon State Police Arson Investigators, Sutherlin Police Department and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office. Sutherlin Fire Department, Oakland Fire Department and Fair Oaks Fire Departments also responded. 

Fatal Motorhome Fire - 05/26/20

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The man who died in a motorhome fire in Green on Friday has been identified. 

Deputies and firefighters were dispatched to a motorhome on fire in the 5400-block of Grange Road on Friday at approximately 12:26 pm. When firefighters arrived, the front half of the motorhome was found to be on fire. Once extinguished, the body of 75 year-old Roseburg resident Gerald Eugene Mabry was located inside. The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office later determined the fire to be accidental in nature. 

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office conducted a death investigation and Mabry's next of kin was notified. 

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Douglas County Fire District #2, Winston-Dillard Fire District, Winston Police Department and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office. 

Updated: Body Located in South Umpqua River Identified - 05/19/20

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office has positively identified the body found in the South Umpqua River on Saturday, May 9th.

Through the use of dental records a forensic odontologist identified the remains as those of Samuel Elijah Davison who went missing at the age of 36 in September of 2019. An autopsy and scene investigation have been conducted and foul play is not suspected at this time. 

Investigators are still seeking information and anyone with information regarding Davison’s disappearance is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division at (541) 440-4458.

Case #19-4637

Body Located on Tiller Trail Highway, Detectives Seek Information - 05/18/20

MILO, Ore. - Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a deceased body which was located in the 15000-block of Tiller Trail Highway this morning. 

At 6:25 am on Monday, May 18, 2020, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a report that an individual had located a deceased body in the 15000-block of Tiller Trail Highway. 

Deputies along with Milo Fire Department responded to the scene. Detectives and the Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office were also dispatched. The incident is currently under investigation and the Major Crimes Team is being activated. The death is being investigated as suspicious.  

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Investigations Division at 541-440-4458.

No further details are expected to be released at this time. 

Case #20-2162

Fatal Traffic Crash Investigation - 05/15/20

WINCHESTER BAY, Ore. - A Reedsport man was declared deceased at the scene of a single vehicle crash in Winchester Bay on Thursday afternoon. 

9-1-1 dispatchers received a report of a single vehicle crash on Salmon Harbor Drive near Lighthouse Rad at 12:39 pm on May 14, 2020. Deputies and emergency responders located the vehicle over the embankment, partially in the surf. The driver, 76 year-old Donald Earl Withrow was declared deceased at the scene. 

Deputies determined Withrow's vehicle, a 2011 Kia Sport, left the roadway for an unknown reason and rolled once before coming to rest. 

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office is investigating the death. Next of kin has been notified. 

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Reedsport Police Department, Reedsport Fire Department, Winchester Bay Fire Department and the United States Coast Guard - Umpqua Station. 

Unidentified Body Located in South Umpqua River - 05/14/20

ROSEBURG, Ore. - An unidentified deceased male was found in the South Umpqua River near Templin Beach on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

Dispatchers were notified regarding the body on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at approximately 5:00 pm. The caller reported he located the body while fishing. 

Deputies from the Sheriff's Office Marine Division responded along with the Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office. The remains are that of an adult male, and are pending positive identification from the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office. 

No further details will be released at this time. 

Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony (DCSO File Photo)
Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony (DCSO File Photo)
Annual Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony (Photo) - 05/06/20

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15th as Peace Officer Memorial Day and the week in which it falls, National Police Week. 

Across the United States, ceremonies are held to remember those serving in law enforcement who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities. 

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and local law enforcement agencies traditionally hold a local Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony on the front steps of the Douglas County Courthouse to pay tribute to the five law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty: 

•    Officer Donald DeSues - Roseburg Police Department - EOW August 7, 1959
•    Special Deputy Ronald H. Terwilliger - Douglas County Sheriff's Office - EOW July 23, 1985
•    Corporal Virgle D. Knight Jr. - Douglas County Sheriff's Office - EOW July 23, 1985
•    Sergeant Gerald G. Chirrick - Douglas County Sheriff's Office - EOW July 23, 1985
•    Deputy Morris L. Taylor - Douglas County Sheriff's Office - EOW September 14, 2002

In light of current social distancing recommendations due to COVID-19, a public memorial ceremony will not be held this year. Instead, a small contingent of law enforcement Honor Guard personnel will raise a memorial flag, place wreaths at the memorial wall beneath the flag pole and pause in memory of all who have given their lives in the line of duty. 

Sheriff Hanlin asks the community to take a moment to remember all of our fallen law enforcement officers and their families. Their service and sacrifice to our communities cannot and will not ever be forgotten. 

"I want the families of these men to know that their memory will not fade from our thoughts as we continue the service they dedicated their lives to," said Sheriff Hanlin. "This County is forever grateful for their sacrifice and we vow to honor their memory, even in times like this."