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REACH Air Medical Helicopter arrives at the Roseburg Regional Airport with Wildland Firefighter Collin Hagan's body.
REACH Air Medical Helicopter arrives at the Roseburg Regional Airport with Wildland Firefighter Collin Hagan's body.
Death of Wildland Firefighter Assigned to the Big Swamp Fire (Photo) - 08/11/22

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, jointly with the United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, is saddened to announce the passing of a wildland firefighter assigned to the Big Swamp Fire near Oakridge, Oregon. 

On Wednesday, August 10, 2022, shortly after 12:30 pm, 9-1-1 dispatchers received information regarding a wildland firefighter that was critically injured after being struck by a tree. Umpqua Valley Ambulance and REACH Air Medical Services were dispatched to the scene. Despite lifesaving efforts by EMS personnel assigned to the fire, the firefighter, 27-year-old Collin Hagan of Toivola, Michigan succumbed to his injuries. Hagan was a wildland firefighter assigned to the Craig Interagency Hotshot Crew based out of Craig, Colorado. 

Once the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Douglas County Medical Examiner’s Office were notified, Hagan’s body was flown from the Toketee Airstrip to the Roseburg Regional Airport by REACH Air Medical Services helicopter. Firefighters from the Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, Roseburg Fire Department and Douglas County Fire District #2 stood together to honor Hagan as his body arrived and was transferred to the care of a funeral service provider. The firefighters then provided an honor escort to the funeral home.

“It is a sad day in public safety.” Sheriff John Hanlin said. “On behalf of the men and women of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, I extend my heartfelt sympathies to Firefighter Hagan’s family, friends, co-workers and all who knew this brave young man.”
 

Missing Person Flyer
Missing Person Flyer
Missing Person Investigation (Photo) - 08/10/22

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is searching for 20-year-old Delmagene “Dallas” Elvira Smith, who has been reported as missing. 

Smith was last seen leaving her residence in the evening hours of August 7, 2022. Her vehicle was located abandoned out Cow Creek Road on August 8, 2022. It is believed that Smith could be in the company of her 15-year-old cousin, Charlize Gibson, who is the subject of a runaway juvenile case taken by the Roseburg Police Department. 

Smith prefers the name “Dallas” and is described as 5'4", 248lbs with green eyes and brown hair. Her clothing description is unknown. 

Gibson is described as 5'03", 135lbs, with brown hair with red highlights and brown eyes. She was last known to be wearing a backless white and black shirt, long jean shorts, and black high-top shoes.

If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Smith or Gibson, please contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at (541) 440-4471 refrencing case #22-3326. 

Attached Media Files: Missing Person Flyer
Crash Claims the Life of a Roseburg Man - 08/05/22

IDLEYLD PARK, Ore. - A single vehicle crash on Rock Creek Road in Idleyld Park resulted in the death of a Roseburg man Thursday evening.

On Thursday, August 4, 2022, at 4:30 pm, 911 dispatchers received a report of a single vehicle crash in the 6000-block of Rock Creek Road. The Sheriff's Office responded to the scene along with Glide Fire Department, Umpqua Valley Ambulance and a law enforcement officer from the United States Forest Service.

Deputies determined 81-year-old Leonard Lemings of Roseburg had been traveling south on Rock Creek Road in his 1999 Subaru Legacy when the vehicle struck the end of a bridge and rolled. Lemings was not wearing his safety belt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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

Anyone who witnessed Lemings driving immediately prior the crash is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (541) 440-4471 referencing case #22-3253.

DUII Enhanced Patrols During Dunefest - 08/04/22

WINCEHSTER BAY, Ore. – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will conduct enhanced DUII patrols during the Dunefest event in Winchester Bay August 2-7, 2022.

Utilizing grant dollars administered by the Oregon Department of Transportation, deputies will perform enhanced DUII patrol on the sand and on the roadways around the event. 

“These grant dollars allow for safer roadways and recreation areas,” Lt. Brad O'Dell said. “Whether you are driving impaired on pavement, the sand or other location open to the public in Douglas County, you will be arrested. Impaired driving is never acceptable."

Deputies will specifically be patrolling to find impaired operators, including those on ATVs. The Sheriff's Office encourages those enjoying the Dunefest event to do so responsibly. 

You can save a life by reporting drunk drivers to 9-1-1.

Arrest Made for Murder in Kendra Hanks Case (UPDATE) - 07/22/22

UPDATE: July 22, 2022, 4:45 p.m., the Oregon State Medical Examiners Office has confirmed the deceased female found in Cow Creek on July 13th is 18 year old Kendra Marie Hanks of Winston.

***End of Update***

RIDDLE, Ore. - A Riddle man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance and murder of 18-year-old Kendra Hanks of Winston.

On Thursday, July 21, 2022, at approximately 3:30 p.m., detectives with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office along with investigators from the Douglas County Major Crimes Team contacted 39-year-old Troy Russell Phelps of Riddle at a residence in the 1500-block of Pruner Road in Riddle. Phelps had become a person of interest in the investigation into the disappearance of Hanks.

Phelps was taken into custody after speaking with Detectives. A search warrant was also executed at the residence where Phelps was residing.

On Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at approximately 3:30 p.m., the Sheriff's Office was notified of a deceased person found in Cow Creek in approximately the 9000-block of Cow Creek Road. Investigators responded to the scene and confirmed the death of an adult female, which is suspected to be Kendra Hanks. The body was transported to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office on Thursday, July 14, 2022. The death was ultimately ruled a homicide. Sheriff's Office is awaiting positive identification from the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

The Sheriff's Office has been and continues to be in communication with Hanks' mother, who is aware of the latest developments in the case.

Phelps was transported to and lodged in the Douglas County Jail on charges of Murder in the First Degree and Resisting Arrest.

Additional details surrounding the investigation will be withheld to protect the integrity of the investigation.

Anyone with information that would aid investigators is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office at (541) 440-4464 referencing case #22-2871.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team consists of investigators from the Sheriff's Office, Roseburg Police Department and Oregon State Police working in consultation with the Douglas County District Attorney's Office.
 

Kendra Hanks Investigation - 07/20/22

UPDATE / CLARIFICATION - Kendra was last seen on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at 4:00 pm. She was reported as missing on Friday, July 8, 2022.  The earlier release has been updated to reflect this information. 

 

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office continues the investigation into the missing person case of Kendra Hanks and requests the public's assistance with information.

Hanks was reported missing on Friday, July 8, 2022, by her family after she didn't arrive home from her place of employment on Thursday, July 7, 2022. Hanks was last seen walking past B&D Meats on Highway 42 near Grange Road at approximately 4:00 pm on Thursday, July 7, 2022.

Since her disappearance, the Sheriff's Office has been tirelessly searching for information. Early on, the Sheriff's Office enlisted the assistance of the Douglas County Search and Rescue, the FBI, and the Douglas County Major Crimes Team, which consists of investigators from the Sheriff's Office, Roseburg Police Department and Oregon State Police and in consultation with the Douglas County District Attorney's Office.

Those who live in the area or were traveling through on July 7th are urged to call (541) 440-4471 with any information which may be helpful to investigators. Reviewing video surveillance systems and dash cameras could provide valuable clues which will assist in solving the case. Residents can upload video or photographic footage by going to www.dcso.com/publichelp

Hanks is described as a white female adult who is 5'02" tall, weighing 140lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last known to be wearing a dark hoodie, jeans, yellow checkered Vans shoes and carrying a black backpack purse.

In order to protect the integrity of the investigation, additional details will not be made public at this time. 

Public Meeting Notice: Dog Advisory Control Board - 07/19/22

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Dog Advisory Control Board will hold a meeting on Thursday, July 21, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse, Room 216, located at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon 97470.

The agenda meeting agenda can be located at: www.dcso.com/dogboard

Douglas County attempts to provide public accessibility to its services, programs and activities.

Please contact the Sheriff's Office located in Room 210 of the Justice Building at the
Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Ave. Roseburg, OR 97470 541- 440-4449, at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time if you need an accommodation.

TDD users please call Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

To view the livestream, please visit: https://video.ibm.com/channel/douglascountyoregon 

Death Investigation - 07/14/22

RIDDLE, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of an adult female found in Cow Creek near Riddle.

On Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at approximately 3:30 p.m., the Sheriff's Office was notified of a deceased person found in Cow Creek in approximately the 9000-block of Cow Creek Road. Investigators responded to the scene and confirmed the death of an adult female. 

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office also responded. Identification and next of kin notification are pending.

The investigation is ongoing and no further details will be released at this time.