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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office seeks feedback on proposed policy - 07/22/24

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) takes seriously its responsibility to engage community stakeholders about the services the agency provides. Policy and procedure serve as the foundation for all MCSO law enforcement operations, correctional operations, and business services. Policy provides members with the objectives, limits, and requirements that apply to their work for the public. Procedure provides detailed direction governing how a task is to be accomplished. 

We invite the public to provide feedback on proposed policy and procedure(s) through a 30-day period known as the Stakeholder Review. During the policy’s Stakeholder Review, the public is encouraged to submit comments or proposals relevant to the content of the policy drafts. People who submit comments should be aware that their remarks become public record.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently in the process of reviewing the following draft(s): 

  • 1225.00 Booking Photos, Usage
  • 1340.00 Purchasing and Receiving Military Surplus Items
  • 1400.00 Fleet Administration
  • 1405.00 Vehicle Use and Equipment
  • 1410.00 Take Home Vehicles
  • 1415.00 Vehicle Replacement

To submit a comment, please go to our website.

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We take individual comments into collective consideration as policy is finalized.

To sign up for email notifications when policy reviews occur or get additional press releases from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, click here.


The solid blue circle shows the location of the rescue.
The solid blue circle shows the location of the rescue.
Hiker Rescued After Falling (Photo) - 07/12/24

A hiker on the Oneonta Trail fell down an embankment, called 911 herself and was rescued.

On Friday, July 12th, 2024, a little before 9:00 a.m., a 50-year-old solo hiker, called 911 and reported that she was hiking the Oneonta Trail when she fell down a steep embankment and could not get back to the trail. She was able to give dispatchers an accurate location of where she fell. By about 9:10 a.m., two Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies were on the trail, making their way to the fallen hiker based on the location she gave. They reached her at about 9:45 a.m. between Middle Oneonta Falls and Upper Oneonta Falls, and found her to be without significant injury.

Rescuers estimate that the woman fell approximately 80 feet down the embankment. The hiker didn’t realize that she had accidently left the marked trail and founder herself on a slope with fallen trees and loose ground when she lost her footing and tumbled down the embankment. 

Personnel from both Corbett Fire and Cascade Locks Fire and EMS responded and performed a rope rescue to get the hiker up the steep embankment. Once returned to the trail, she was able to hike herself out with rescuers. They reached the trailhead parking lot a little before noon. The hiker was evaluated by medics and found to be without significant injury, other than scrapes and bruises. She opted to not seek further medical evaluation and drove herself home.

Along with our two deputies, MCSO would like to acknowledge the work of Corbett Fire and Cascade Locks Fire and EMS.

Pleasant Home explosion under investigation (Photo) - 07/11/24

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Detective Unit is investigating an early morning explosion in the rural community of Pleasant Home.

At about 3:40 a.m., MCSO sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an explosion in the 7000 block of SE Pleasant Home Road. Deputies determined that a homemade explosive device detonated in or on a trash can near the road and shrapnel struck a nearby home, causing minor damage. At the time of the explosion, the home was occupied. No injuries were reported. Based on the location of the trash can and home, it is believed the shrapnel traveled a few hundred feet.

A detective responded to the location and a criminal investigation has been opened. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is assisting in the investigation.  

In the initial call, it was reported that the explosion caused a fire. The explosion did not result in a fire. It was also reported that there may have been a second explosion. Witness statements indicate a second explosion was heard, but investigators were unable to locate any physical evidence of it.

MCSO does not believe there is any further danger to the public at this time. The investigation is ongoing. 

Attached Media Files: Damaged_Garbage_Can.jpg
Kasil Kapriel
Kasil Kapriel
UPDATE: MCSO seeks the public's help locating a missing woman (Photo) - 07/10/24

UPDATE: Ms. Kapriel has been located safe and is with her family.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is asking for the public’s help locating a missing woman who walked away from her home. The woman suffers from dementia. 

The missing woman is 61-year-old Kasil Kapriel. She was last seen at her home at the Fieldstone Apartments in the 20000 block of NE Halsey Street in Fairview today, July 10th, 2024, at around 10:30 a.m. Her family believes that she walked away from the residence. She is a Pacific Islander, 5’1” tall and weighs approximately 135 pounds. It is unknown what clothing she is wearing.

Anyone who sees Kasil Kapriel is asked to call 911 and reference MCSO case #24-29778.

Attached Media Files: Kasil Kapriel
Death investigation continues in Willamette River boat tubing incident (Photo) - 06/27/24

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) River Patrol Unit (RPU) deputies continue to investigate the death of 24-year-old Kaileigh Seidel.

On Saturday, June 22, at 7:53 p.m., Portland firefighters and American Medical Response paramedics responded to a report that a person riding an inflatable tube towed by a boat collided with another boat on the Willamette River near the Hawthorne Bridge. The person, later identified as Seidel, was transported by one of the involved boats to the southern dock at Riverplace Marina, where they met first responders. Paramedics rushed Seidel to the hospital.

MCSO RPU deputies were dispatched at 8:05 p.m. to the dock to take a report of the incident. 

Shortly after arriving at the hospital, Seidel was pronounced deceased. Subsequently, MCSO RPU deputies opened a death investigation.

When deputies complete the death investigation, the case will be sent to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. A deputy district attorney will then review the investigation and determine whether to file any criminal charges. 

Anyone who witnessed the event and has not spoken to deputies and/or may have captured video of the incident is asked to contact the MCSO River Patrol Unit office by calling 503-988-8810.

Additionally, MCSO initially reported Seidel fell from a boat prior to being struck by another boat. That description is inaccurate. MCSO regrets the error.

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

Speed racing mission in the Columbia River Gorge results in citations and an arrest (Photo) - 06/27/24

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office conducted a high-visibility patrol mission in the Columbia River Gorge on Saturday, June 22, that resulted in 18 traffic stops, three citations, 15 warnings and one felony arrest.

Patrol deputies worked the areas of I-84, the Historic Columbia River Highway, Larch Mountain and Crown Point. They focused on enforcing traffic laws with an emphasis on speed reduction and street racing. 

In recent years, dangerous driving activity along the Historic Columbia River Highway has been the cause of several crashes, including one on June 12, 2024, when deputies responded to a car that had crashed and came to rest 150-feet down a ravine. Excessive speed is believed to be a contributing factor in that crash, which resulted in one person being seriously injured.

During Saturday’s mission, a felony arrest was made after a motorcyclist eluded deputies. A sergeant observed a motorcycle with no license plates. Before the sergeant could attempt to stop the motorcycle, the motorcyclist saw the sergeant and sped off. Another deputy turned on their emergency lights, but the motorcyclist continued. MCSO did not pursue the eluding motorcycle. A short time later, deputies discovered the motorcyclist had crashed on Larch Mountain Road and ran into a wooded area. After about 20 minutes, he came out of the woods and surrendered. He was treated on-scene for injuries sustained from the crash and was charged with felony and misdemeanor elude.

Additionally, deputies wrote three citations during the enforcement mission. In one case, a driver was issued a ticket for excessive speeding. They were traveling 63 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone in Corbett.

The Sheriff’s Office has also received reports that people congregate near the Vista House at Crown Point after the park closes at 9 p.m. Crown Point has become a popular location for illegal street takeovers and racing. During the mission, deputies visited Crown Point and advised all visitors that the parking area was closed, and they needed to leave.

Future enforcement missions are planned throughout the summer to prevent dangerous driving behaviors in the Columbia River Gorge and rural neighborhoods in east Multnomah County.