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Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office conducting death investigation after fatal hiker fall on Angels Rest trail - 08/27/16

Update: The deceased is identified as Viren Viuhkola, Age 36, of Tualatin, OR. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner determined Cause of Death as Blunt Force Trauma and Manner of Death - Accidental.

Viuhkola was hiking with his friend Ryan Hunter, Age 31, Tualatin, OR at the time of the accident.

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This morning, Friday August 26, 2016, at 9:47 a.m. MCSO deputies along with Corbett Fire department responded to the report of a hiker who had fallen off the Angel's Rest trail about a ?1/2 mile up from the Angel's Rest Trailhead. The hiker, an adult male, had fallen approximately forty feet down off the side of the trail near a small waterfall. The person he was hiking with called 911 and described where they were at on the trail and placed a marker for emergency responders. Emergency responders arrived and made their way down to the patient who had suffered life-threatening injuries in the fall. Rescue crews attempted life-saving efforts at the scene but the hiker succumbed to his injuries.

MCSO Detectives and the Medical Examiner have been notified and are responding to conduct the death investigation. The body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office.

We are not releasing any additional information at this time pending family notifications.

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Joint Speed Enforcement post mission reporting to promote traffic safety and awareness Hwy 30 results, from town of Linnton to Watson Rd (Photo) - 08/27/16

Law enforcement officers from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Portland Police Bureau and Gresham Police Department partnered on this speed enforcement mission during the Hood to Coast relay. Officers and deputies made more than 96 traffic stops during the six hour mission on Hwy 30, lasting from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. on Friday August 26, 2016. This is down last year when deputies and officers made more than 100 traffic stops in a four hour period. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies reported that vehicle speeds were significantly slower this year and believed that was attributed to the increased law enforcement presence.

During the mission 71 Citations and 19 warnings were issued. The majority of citations issued were for speeding and seatbelt violations. The majority of citations issued were for speeding and seatbelt violations. One driver was cited twice about 1 mile apart for not wearing his seatbelt. According to the Oregon Department of Transportation website statewide crash fatality and injury rates have dropped 62% and 32% respectively since passage of the adult belt law in 1990. The law, combined with active enforcement, has resulted in a 2015 Oregon belt use rate of 96% for all occupants, placing Oregon among the top belt-use states in the U.S. This compares to a 2014 nationwide average rate of 87% among all states.

At the conclusion of the mission the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Portland Police Bureau continued to provide extra patrols for several more hours.

Attached Media Files: mission4 , mission3 , mission2 , mission1
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FInal Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue activated for two lost hikers at top of Angel's Rest (Photo) - 08/26/16

Final Update: The two hikers rescued at Angel's Rest are identified as Lyndale Galino, Age 19 and Deaven Thielen, Age 20, of Portland, Oregon. Asked what happened the hikers said they travelled up the trail and then tried to continue up the rock slide area. They became worried they would slide down and off the embankment they were on and stopped. They called a family member who told them to call 911. After calling 911 they waited as they were contacted by an MCSO deputy and did as instructed staying in place so search and rescue personnel could locate and bring them down safely from the slide area they were in.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind anyone contemplating a hike or outing on trails within the Columbia Gorge and other scenic areas to research their route prior to setting out. Stay on the trails and be prepared before you embark on a hike. Ensure you are carrying the proper equipment when setting out including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, fire starter, knife, first aid kit and signaling device. A GPS and a cell phone with extra battery. Let someone know your plan and when you expect to return so someone knows if you are overdue. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable visit or hike in the Columbia Gorge scenic areas.

Photos from rope rescue attached.



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Update: Lost hikers were located by MCSO Trail Hornets shortly after 3:00 p.m. and Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue used rope system to bring both hikers down safely just before 6:00 p.m. from scree spill they were stranded on after leaving trail. Both in good condition, being escorted to Command Post now.

Updates will be provided when more information is available.

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This morning, Friday August 26, 2016, just before noon, MCSO Deputies received a report of two lost hikers somewhere near the top of Angel's Rest. The deputy was able to make contact by cellphone with the hikers, who are not from the local area. The hikers said they came up the Angel's Rest trail for about an hour before they got off the trail and became lost. The hikers described their location as a rocky area and rocks were sliding out as they were trying to get out from where they were. The deputy instructed them to stay where they are and rescue personnel would be working to locate them. Both hikers do have food and water and neither are injured.

An MCSO Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinator and MCSO SAR team are being dispatched to begin search efforts for the two hikers.

Updates will be provided when more information is available.

Attached Media Files: RopeRescue3 , RopeRescue2 , RopeRescue1
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Devin Paez
Final Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue searching for lost hiker (Photo) - 08/26/16

Final Update: Devin Paez arrived back at the Command Post at 3:45 p.m. After being checked by medical, he had some scratches on his arms and legs, but otherwise was in good condition although he was dehydrated. Devin refused further medical and was escorted to the Command Post to be debriefed.

When asked about his experience Devin said he got lost on the trail when he went ahead of the group and took a wrong turn. He continued following what he thought was a trail but stumbled off and down a steep embankment later that evening. He tried to get back up the embankment but realized it was getting dark and he was sliding down so he stayed where he was at until sunrise. In the morning he was able to make his way back up the embankment but was off the trail and had to work his way through the forest off trail. He searched until he found a creek with some water and was able to get a drink from the creek. He worked his way down following the riverbed until he came across a trail. He then followed the trails blindly around trying to work his way down the trails and out. Eventually he was seen by a hiker on the Oneonta Trail who told him people were searching for him. A team met him as he came down the trail and escorted him to the Oneonta Trailhead to a vehicle and transported him to the Command Post.

Devin was extremely thankful to be off the trail and reunited with his friends. He was grateful to searchers who volunteered their time to help locate him. Devin said he made a mistake leaving the group and going ahead while leaving his backpack with his food and water behind. After taking the wrong turn and the tumble off the trail he realized he had no supplies other than his phone and it was going dead. He used his battery watch light to provide a little light during the night as he waited for sunrise when he set out.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind anyone contemplating a hike or outing on trails within the Columbia Gorge and other scenic areas to research their route prior to setting out. Stay on the trails and be prepared before you embark on a hike. Ensure you are carrying the proper equipment when setting out including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, fire starter, knife, first aid kit and signaling device. A GPS and a cell phone with extra battery. Let someone know your plan and when you expect to return so someone knows if you are overdue. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable visit or hike in the Columbia Gorge scenic areas.





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Update3: Devin Paez was located about 3:15 p.m. He was located on the Oneonta Trail, below Triple Falls by a hiker who recognized him from his photos on media coverage of the search. He is now being transported back to the Command Post to be reunited with his friends, medically evaluated and debriefed from his experience.

More information when it is available.

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Update2: The group of hikers started from Wahkeena Falls yesterday at approximately 11:30 a.m. and reached Sherrard Point around 5:30 p.m.

A picture of Devin Paez taken yesterday before he headed back down the trail ahead of his hiking group at Sherrard Point has been provided and is attached to this release.

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Update1: Search and Rescue crews from Portland Mountain Rescue, Pacific Northwest, Washington County and additional teams from Multnomah County Search and Rescue are responding to assist with search efforts. Mountain Wave Communications is on scene and providing radio communications for search efforts as they continue this morning.

Further updates as information becomes available.


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Corrected date>Thursday August 25, 2016< just before 9:30 p.m. MCSO deputies were dispatched to Wahkeena Falls to take a report on a lost hiker that didn't show up at the Trailhead after splitting from the group at Sherrard Point earlier in the evening. The three hikers said they were at Sherrard Point and their friend, identified as Devin Paez, Age 26, of Austin, Texas, decided to head back down the trail ahead of the group from Sherrard Point and left, leaving his gear behind. One of the hikers, ran down the trail to catch up with him, but didn't locate him before they reached the Wahkeena Falls Trailhead. After waiting at the trailhead they became concerned when he failed to show up and called 911.

MCSO Deputies and an MCSO SAR Coordinator checked roads in the area in case he came out at a different trailhead. MCSO Search and Rescue was activated to respond after the Trailhead checks were completed. Command post was established at Larch Mountain Trailhead and MCSO Search and Rescue crews were deployed into the field at approximately 1:30 a.m. to begin search efforts.

Overnight search and rescue crews have covered approximately 20 miles of trails during the first phase of search efforts. Additional search and rescue crews are in the process of being called in to assist with search efforts. The Command Post has moved down Larch Mountain road to Milepost 10 and will be the staging point for incoming crews as they arrive.

Media staging is located near the command post at Milepost 10 on Larch Mountain Rd.

Photo is attached of the missing hiker.

Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.

Attached Media Files: Devin Paez , Paez at Sherrard Point
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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office participating in joint speed enforcement mission on Hwy 26 and Hwy 30 during Hood to Coast Relay (Photo) - 08/25/16

On Friday August 26, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies along with Portland Police Bureau traffic officers will be out conducting a joint enforcement mission on Hwy 26 and Hwy 30 targeting speeding and aggressive drivers to help provide a safe roadway for Hood to Coast participants.

The Hood to Coast relay is taking place on August 26 and 27. This overnight long-distance relay with over 12,000 participants, runs almost 200 miles starting at Timberline Lodge, through the Portland Metro area and concludes in Seaside, OR. Participants will be running along Hwy 26 and Hwy 30 during portions of this relay and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office reminds drivers to be vigilant and observe posted speed limits.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2013, there were 4,375 pedestrians killed and an estimated 66,000 injured in traffic crashes in the United States. A total of 4,653 traffic crashes each had one or more pedestrian fatalities. On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes.

MCSO deputies and PPB officers will be focusing on drivers exceeding the posted speed limits but will also be on the lookout for drivers using cell phones, failing to wear seat belts, failing to maintain safe distance and following too closely.

This speed enforcement mission is being supported by a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). ODOT provides grants for speed enforcement missions such as these with the goal to reduce deaths and injuries that are speed related on State/Interstate Highways, County Roads and city streets in Oregon. More information regarding ODOT Transportation Safety programs can be found on their website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/

Media ride a longs are available for this mission please contact the MCSO PIO if interested. Results will be provided as an update after the mission statistics have been compiled.

Attached Media Files: Motor2 , Motor1
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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office extra patrols focus on DUII drivers and seatbelt enforcement "blitz" through Labor Day (Photo) - 08/25/16

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will have dedicated patrols searching for DUII drivers as part of an ongoing traffic safety campaign and enforcing safety belt laws in a statewide traffic enforcement "blitz" through Labor Day weekend. MCSO Deputies will be on the lookout for drivers operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or other drugs and not heed the message to designate a sober driver. MCSO Deputies will also be working to increase proper safety belt and child car seat use, watching for drivers violating the "hands free" cellphone law and persons exceeding the posted speed limit. Speeding and Driver impairment are the most common cause of injury crashes.

Statewide observation surveys in June 2015 found 98% of Oregon travelers routinely using safety belts or child car seats. Not surprisingly, belt use was lower among persons killed crashes -- 75% among all crash fatalities and only 50% among persons killed in night time crashes, according to ODOT reports. In the back seat? Wear your seatbelt. In 2014, 58% of back seat passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes weren't buckled up.

Oregon Law requires children less than forty pounds be restrained in a child seat. Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for their size until they reach age eight or 4' 9" tall AND the adult belt system fits them correctly.

These patrols are made possible through funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is participating in High Visibility Enforcement patrols supported by a grant from the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.

For more information on the Click it or Ticket campaign please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot

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Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating apparent Murder-Suicide at residence outside of Troutdale (Photo) - 08/23/16

Update: The deceased victim is identified as Ellen Larson, Age 61. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office determined the Cause of Death was multiple gunshot wounds, the Manner was ruled a Homicide.

Keith Gregory Larson, Age 62. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office determined the Cause of Death was a single gunshot wound. The Manner of Death was ruled a suicide.

Investigation and autopsy findings conclude that this is a case of murder-suicide. Two firearms were used in the commission of this event; a 22 caliber pistol was used in the murder, and a 9mm pistol was used in the suicide. Both weapons were recovered at the scene. The couple were married and lived at the residence.

Based on the investigation, this event likely took place on the evening of Friday August 20, 2016. The investigation is continuing.


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On Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. MCSO deputies responded to the report of a body found in a vehicle outside a residence at 1701 NE Seidl Rd. Troutdale, OR. A landscaping crew spotted the body in a vehicle when they arrived at the residence. Deputies arrived and located the body of a deceased adult female in a vehicle in the driveway of the residence. Deputies searched the residence and discovered the body of a deceased adult male inside the home. MCSO detectives were notified and responded to conduct the investigation. Preliminary investigation indicates both individuals suffered gunshot wounds. Investigators have recovered weapons at the scene and there is no threat to the public. Both of the deceased appear to be in their 60's.

The Medical Examiner has been notified and responded. The bodies will be turned over to the Medical Examiner's office. Identifications are being withheld pending family notifications.

Updates will be provided when more information is available.

Attached Media Files: MCSO veh block
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MCSO K9 Ranger
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office K9 Ranger to get body armor (Photo) - 08/19/16

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office K9 Ranger will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Ranger's vest will be embroidered with the sentiment "In memory of K9 Rocco Pittsburgh Bureau of Police". Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,000 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 -- $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

MCSO K9 Ranger joined MCSO as a patrol K9 in November of 2014. Ranger is a 5 year old German Shepherd and was imported from the Netherlands. MCSO also has two K9 drug dogs. Gunner, a two year old Springer Spaniel and Spencer, a 7 year old German Shepherd.

Deputy Todd Weber, Ranger's K9 handler, stated "This vest will provide much needed protection for Ranger while he is on patrol or engaged in higher risk captures or deployments." In his off duty time, K9 Ranger loves to swim and also enjoys ice cream!

Attached Media Files: MCSO K9 Ranger
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Swearing in Ceremony for Mike Reese - 08/17/16

Today, August 17, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the Multnomah Building, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. in the Multnomah County Commissioners Board Room. Mike Reese will be sworn in as Multnomah County Sheriff. Presiding Judge Nan Waller will administer the Oath of Office. Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury is also scheduled to speak. Retired Multnomah County Sheriff Bob Skipper will present the Sheriff's badge to Mike Reese after he has taken the Oath of Office.

The ceremony is open to the public. Community members and media are invited to attend as MCSO welcomes Mike Reese as he is sworn in as Multnomah County Sheriff.

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Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office searching for overdue Rafters on Sandy River (Photo) - 08/16/16

Update: The rafters were located by the U.S. Coast Guard shortly before 5:30 a.m. on a sandbar a few miles upriver from Dabney State Park. The Coast Guard helicopter was able to land on the sandbar and pick up the rafters who were cold but uninjured. They were transported to the Troutdale Airport.

The four rafters are identified as Cody West, Age 27; Chris Penhall, Age 30; Tevin Cotton, Age 23; Cory Hood, Age 34, all of Vancouver, Wa. When asked about what happened the rafters said they became worried when it got dark and they couldn't see where they were going on the river. They stopped at a sandbar they came across and stayed the night on the sandbar. They were cold but did have some food and water with them and were able to make a fire to help keep a little warm. All of them said if they did another river float they would definitely start earlier in the day to ensure they would finish in the daylight and were happy to be safe and reunited with their friends.



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On Monday August 15, 2016 at approximately 11:30 p.m. MCSO deputies responded to Dabney State Park to take a report of four rafters who were overdue on the Sandy River. The group of originally six rafters started from Oxbow Park at approximately 4:30 p.m. in the afternoon. Shortly after they began their float from Oxbow, two of the rafters decided to stop and walk back up to their vehicle at Oxbow. The plan was to meet the others, four adult males, who were continuing downriver at Dabney State park the planned finish for their float. The pair drove the vehicle down to Dabney to await the arrival of the others still rafting down the river, but they never arrived.

MCSO River Patrol and MCSO Search and Rescue Coordinators were contacted and responded to Dabney State Park. MCSO River Patrol and patrol deputies checked roads parallel to the river in case the rafters had decided to get out from the river and try and walk out. SAR Coordinators worked through the morning to arrange for U.S. Coast Guard to assist in the search along the river and they are now responding to assist in search efforts.

The Command Post is located at Dabney State Park. Media staging is located near the Command Post.

Updates will be provided as more information is available.

Attached Media Files: CG Helo
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol Responds to Call of Swimmer in Trouble on Columbia River - 08/06/16

Multnomah County Sheriff's River Patrol Deputies responded to a call at 3:45pm of an adult male who had been pulled from the Columbia River by friends while swimming near Lemon Island. CPR was provided by citizens on the island until medical staff arrived on scene.

The victim was transported from the island by medical personnel to a local hospital for further medical treatment. Sheriff's Deputies are currently conducting an investigation, and further details will be released when they are available.

Multnomah County Detectives Investigate Stabbing in Wood Village - 08/06/16

This morning at approximately 9:30am Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call of person with stab wounds in need of assistance at the Wood Village Burger King. The victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect involved was apprehended a short time later by responding deputies. No other suspects are being sought in this case.

No further details are available at this time as this is an ongoing investigation. Updates will be provided as they are available.