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Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash - Reeves Creek Rd. (Photo) - 06/12/24

RELEASE DATE:  June 12th, 2024

INCIDENT: Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash, Reeves Creek Road

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME:  June 11th, 2024 at 3:08pm

REPORTING DEPUTY:  Lieutenant Jim Geiger

DECEASED DRIVER:  Paige Ellen Collyar, 20 Years Old

DECEASED PASSENGER:  Shannon Marie Hewitt, 34 Years Old 

INVOLVED VEHICLE:  White 1997 Lexus Sedan 

CASE NUMBER:  24-12665 

DETAILS:  On June 11th, 2024, at 3:08pm, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a motor vehicle crash in the 4600 block of Reeves Creek Road. Prior to law enforcement arrival, the driver, Paige Collyar, and passenger, Shannon Hewitt, were pronounced deceased by medical personnel.

Evidence at the scene indicated the vehicle was traveling north on Reeves Creek Road at a high rate of speed when it failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway striking a tree. 

Next of kin have been notified.

Illinois Valley Fire District, American Medical Response, Oregon State Police and Jerry’s Towing assisted at the scene. 

There is no further information at this time. 

Attached Media Files: Press Release
Missing Person : Davis, Heather - 06/06/24

UPDATE: 6:50PM - Heather has been located.  Thank you, everyone, for your tips!


Case #: 24-12168

Name: Heather Lynn Davis

Age: 32

Sex: Female

Race: Caucasian

Hair: Blonde

Eyes: Green

Height: 5'4"

Weight: 140lbs

Information: On the morning of June 6, 2024, Heather Davis was last seen on foot heading in an unknown direction near the 3000 block of Upper River Rd.  Heather likely has her six-month-old puppy with her. Heather is believed to be wearing a black and white shirt, pants, and the dog may not be on a leash.  It is reported that Heather does not have her phone with her.  Heather likes to go to the parks with her dog but could have tried to get a ride elsewhere.  If you have any information regarding Heather's whereabouts, please contact the Sheriff's Office.  

Please contact the Josephine County Sheriff's Office with any information: 541-474-5123.


Attached Media Files: Davis Missing Flier
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Drowning 06/01/24 Illinois River (Photo) - 06/01/24

INCIDENT: Drowning, Illinois River

CASE NUMBER: 24-11772

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME:  June 1st, 2024 at 11:53am

REPORTING DEPUTY:  Corporal Aaron Porter

DETAILS: On June 1, 2024 at 11:53am, a report was made to 911 of a drowning in the Illinois River at Forks State Park in Cave Junction. 

The Sheriff’s Office along with OSP, IV Fire, and AMR responded to find Zeke Grant, 39, of Cave Junction had drowned while swimming at a popular swimming hole accessed from the park.

Witnesses at the park had seen Grant swimming in the water but then found him submerged approximately 15 minutes later.  There were no witnesses when the drowning occurred. 

Next of kin have been notified and no further information will be released by the Sheriff's Office at this time.   

Please remember, despite outside temperatures, it is still early in the year.  The rivers can remain cold, swift, and dangerous. 

Attached Media Files: Press Release
UPDATE: Located - Missing Person: Larson, Adam - 05/30/24

5/30/24 UPDATE: Adam has been located. 





CASE: 24-11363


AGE: 36



HEIGHT: 6'0"




INFORMATION: Larson was last known to have walked away from his residence located on the 2400 block of Hugo Road at approximately 5:00 am on May 28th, 2024 and is believed to in the Merlin/Hugo Road area.


OFFICE: 541-474-5123


Attached Media Files: LARSON MISSING FLIER
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JMET Search Warrant: Frontage Rd., Wolf Creek (Photo) - 05/21/24

Release Date:  May 21, 2024

INCIDENT: Marijuana Search Warrant 

INCIDENT DATE: May 20, 2024 

REPORTING DEPUTY: Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET)

ARRESTED: Kari Davis, 43 years-old

CHARGES: 1- Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana

                         2- Unlawful Possession of Marijuana

                         3- Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana                  

DETAILS: On May 20, 2024, the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) with the assistance of Josephine County Public Health & Building Safety, executed a search warrant in the 900 block of North Frontage Road, Wolf Creek, regarding an illegal indoor marijuana grow site.

During the execution of the warrant, over 200 marijuana starter plants were seized and destroyed. 

The property also had multiple electrical, water, and solid waste code violations. These violations could result in the criminal forfeiture of the property. 

Kari Davis was taken into custody and lodged in the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana.

At the time of this press release the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released.

Boatnik Rogue River Closure (Photo) - 05/20/24

Release Date:  May 20th, 2024                                              

TO: Waterway Users

FROM: Josephine County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol

DATES:  May 24 – 27, 2024

RE: Water use regulations and race event schedule during Boatnik                


During the Boatnik Races, the Rogue River will be closed in designated areas and during designated times (refer to the schedule below).  All spectators will remain off the water until the races are over.  All spectators will remain 50 feet from the waterway at all times.

Movement on the water is restricted to Law Enforcement, Rescue Personnel  and Authorized Race Officials during the closures.  Private boats are not allowed to assist with crash or rescue operations for safety purposes.

Boats can be anchored on the shoreline if it is deemed safe by Race Official and Law Enforcement. All users shall be OFF the water and in an approved area 1 hour prior to the start of the race.  Any unauthorized boats on the water during the closure may be cited for Reckless and Unsafe Operation (ORS 830.315 & 305) and are subject to a $440 fine.  Law Enforcement will be patrolling the waterways during race events. 


CLOSED Friday, May 24, 2024 6:00pm – 10:15pm from Baker Park to Sixth Street Bridge.

CLOSED Saturday, May 25, 2024 12:00pm – 8:00pm from Baker Park to Sixth Street Bridge.

CLOSED Sunday, May 26, 2024 12:00pm – 10:15pm from Baker Park to Sixth Street Bridge. 

CLOSED Monday, May 27, 2024 9:00am – 12:00pm Baker Park to Sixth Street Bridge and 12:30pm – 3:00pm from Baker Park to Robertson Bridge. 

Attached Media Files: PRESS RELEASE
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Possible Missing Person -- Rogue River Trail (Photo) - 05/19/24

INCIDENT: Possible Missing Person – Rogue River Trail

RELEASE DATE: May 19, 2024


CASE: 24-10613

DETAILS: On Friday May 17, 2024 at approximately 4:44 pm, Josephine County Sheriff’s Office received a citizen report of a backpack and dog leash that was found on the Rogue River Trail and there appeared to be no sign of a person or dog in the area.  The reporting party stated that they noticed the backpack on their way down the trail. Upon seeing the backpack and belongings still in place later that afternoon on their way out, the citizen made a report to the Sheriff’s Office.

On Saturday May 18, 2024, a Josephine County Sheriff’s Office deputy hiked the trail and located the backpack on the trail approximately 1 mile south of the Grave Creek Boat Ramp. A search with verbal callouts did not locate a person or dog.  Additionally, a drone was utilized to try to locate the owner. Further investigation revealed the backpack has possibly been in that location since Wednesday May 15, 2024. The contents of the backpack suggested the owner was preparing to start a multi-day camping trip and items in the pack did not appear to have been used. There was also no identifying information located in the pack. The Sheriff’s Office is concerned the owner of the backpack may have become injured or lost. No missing persons reports have been filed that match the situation nor is there any evidence of foul play.

The Sheriff’s Office is actively trying to locate the owner of the backpack.   If you have any information regarding the backpack or who the owner may be, please contact the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office 541-474-5123.

Attached Media Files: Press Release