Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office
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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating body recovered from Willamette River - 05/22/15
On Friday May 22, 2015 at approximately 7:45 a.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies were dispatched to the report of a body spotted floating in the Willamette River near the McCormick Pier. A passerby in the area spotted the body in the river and called in the report. MCSO River Patrol Deputies and Portland Fire Bureau responded to the area and recovered the body of an adult female from the Willamette River just south of the McCormick Pier. MCSO Detectives and the Medical Examiner have responded to conduct the death investigation. MCSO detectives are handling the investigation and the body has been turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. Portland Police Bureau detectives also assisted.

We are not releasing any additional information at this time pending identification and family notifications. Further information will be provided when available.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Deputies on the lookout during nationwide safety belt "blitz" campaign - 05/19/15
From Monday May 18th, 2015 through Sunday May 31, 2015, deputies from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) will be working day and night to increase proper safety belt and child car seat use. OSP, sheriffs and local police will be on the lookout for proper safety belt and child car seat use during a statewide traffic enforcement "blitz". This enhanced "Click It or Ticket" enforcement is paid for by dedicated funding from USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Oregon State Sheriff's Association.

MCSO will be adding extra deputies throughout the county to enforce Oregon safety belt and safety seat laws. Motorists who fail to properly use their safety belt, or who do not properly secure a child in the appropriate safety seat, will be contacted by these extra patrols.

Properly using safety belts and child restraints holds a person safely in place and inside the car to prevent injury from occurring during sudden stops, swerves or a crash. Without a safety belt or child car seat, occupants can be thrown against each other, the interior of the car or completely out of the vehicle which greatly increases chances of serious injury.

* 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.

* For help with child seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual, or your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/

We've found in the past that May is a very effective time to ramp up seat belt enforcement efforts. Many motorists travel over Memorial Day weekend, which kicks off the busy summer travel season. It's the perfect time to remind everyone why seat belt use is required by law. And we want people to know: we're not cracking down to write tickets. We're doing it to save lives.

So please remember, day and night "Click It or Ticket".
Update:Sheriff's Office Seeking Help in Location Missing Teen From Corbett - 05/17/15
Update: Serenity Hooker has been located and is safe. She returned home this afternoon. MCSO thanks the community and media for their assistance in efforts to locate Serenity. No further updates are planned at this time.

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17 year old Serenity Leann Hooker was last seen at Corbett High School at 3:30p.m. on 05/15/2015. Serenity told a witness that she was waiting for a friend to pick her up, and she left a note for her parents that she was going on a walk and would be back soon. Serenity is developmentally delayed and operates at a 13-15 year old capacity. Serenity is 5'3" and weighs 95 lbs. She was last known to be wearing a black sweatshirt with blue pants, and possibly wearing black boots. Serenity has not been seen or heard from since she was last spoken to. If you have any information please contact MCSO records at 503-261-2810 or Detective Kevin Odil at 503-519-5276 Kevin.Odil@mcso.us
Attached Media Files: corbett_missing.doc
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office conducting High Visibility Enforcement DUII patrols through June 15 - 05/14/15
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies will be conducting High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) DUII enforcement patrols May 14, 2015 through June 15, 2015. As we enter into the summer months and community events, concerts and festivals increase, MCSO wants to remind drivers "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over". MCSO Deputies will be on the lookout for drivers operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is participating in HVE patrols supported by a grant from the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.

This HVE effort is undertaken in conjunction with ODOT Transportation Safety Division's message, "Drive Sober - The Way to Go," and NHTSA's safety message, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." Across the United States, more than 10,000 people were killed in impaired driving crashes in 2013.

Over Cinco De Mayo weekend MCSO deputies also conducted enhanced DUII patrols and made three arrests for DUII.

Please plan ahead if you are driving and plan to consume alcohol. If you become impaired, don't drive - call for a sober driver, taxi or use public transportation to get home safely.
If you notice an impaired driver, call 9-1-1 immediately to report it. Together we can all make our roads safer. Learn more about HVE campaigns at www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Memorial Service - 05/08/15
On Monday May 11, 2015, at 1:00 p.m., Multnomah County Sheriff Daniel Staton will join members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in a ceremony honoring their staff who have died in the line of duty. The annual ceremony will be held at the MCSO Law Enforcement Memorial located at 12240 N.E. Glisan Street, Portland Oregon 97230.

A ceremony will also take place at the Ernest C. Loll memorial the morning of Monday May 11, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. The memorial honors Multnomah County Deputy Sheriff Ernest C. Loll who was shot and killed by poachers at this location in 1935 and is located at the corner of SW 35th Ave. and Arnold St. in Portland, OR.

Please join members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office as we honor those who have sacrificed their lives while serving the citizens of Multnomah County. A reception will be held in the Hansen Building Auditorium following the afternoon ceremony.
Attached Media Files: MCSO Memorial
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating body recovered from Columbia River - 05/07/15
Update: The deceased has been identified as Jacob Swanson, Age 20, of Battleground, WA. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner ruled the Cause of Death as drowning. The Medical Examiner found no signs of foul play.

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On Friday May 1, 2015 just before 5:00 pm MCSO River Patrol deputies responded to the report of a body spotted floating in the Columbia River near the 42nd St boat ramp. A fisherman spotted the body while launching his boat from the 42nd St. boat ramp.

MCSO River Patrol responded to the area and recovered the body of an adult male near the south bank of the river just downstream from the 42nd St Boat ramp. The body was transported back to the 42nd St boat ramp. MCSO detectives and the Medical Examiner have responded to begin the death investigation. MCSO detectives are handling the investigation and the body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiners Office.

We are not releasing any additional information at this time pending identification and family notifications.
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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating fatal single vehicle crash on NW Cornelius Pass Rd (Photo) - 05/06/15
Update: The deceased has been identified as Kerrigan Clark, Age 17 of Scappoose, OR. The Multnomah County Vehicular Crimes Team crash investigation is continuing to determine any contributing factors and cause of the fatal crash. NW Cornelius Pass Rd reopened just before 4:00 p.m. No further updates are expected today.

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This morning, Wednesday May 6, 2015, just before 11:00 a.m. an MCSO Deputy was flagged down along NW Cornelius Pass Rd approximately 2/10 of a mile north of Skyline Blvd. The person informed the deputy she had walked down from Skyline Blvd after she spotted smoke or dust coming up from the side of the road in the area as she passed in her vehicle. She had stopped at Skyline Blvd and was walking back down NW Cornelius Pass Rd to see what had caused it. A Rainier Fire Department Battalion Chief also stopped to assist and they discovered a 2002 Ford Focus had left the roadway and gone off the east side of the embankment on NW Cornelius Pass Rd and down approximately 75 feet. The MCSO deputy called for emergency response as the Rainier Battalion Chief made his way down to the vehicle. The Fire Battalion Chief found the driver was deceased. The driver, a female, was the only occupant of the vehicle.

Emergency responders from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue assisted in the recovery of the body from the vehicle and the Multnomah County Vehicular Crimes Team consisting of MCSO deputies, Gresham PD, Troutdale PD, and Fairview PD officers was activated to conduct the crash investigation. The Medical Examiner was notified and responded. The body has been turned over to the Medical Examiner's Office.

NW Cornelius Pass Rd between Skyline Blvd and Highway 30 is expected to be closed for another hour, while the vehicle is recovered from the ravine.

Further information will be released when available.
Attached Media Files: crsh3 , crsh2 , crsh1
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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue assists lost hikers down from trail above Multnomah Falls (Photo) - 05/03/15
This evening, Saturday May 2, 2015 at approximately 9:30 p.m. MCSO Deputies were dispatched to Multnomah Falls on the report of two lost hikers after the father of one of the hikers called 911 after his daughter contacted him and said they were lost on the trail somewhere above Oneonta Falls. The father instructed his daughter to stay put and call 911 from her cell phone. MCSO deputies responding to the Multnomah Falls trailhead were able to establish contact with the hikers via their cell phone and determine their location after the hikers texted a picture of a sign along the trail they were on. The hikers had some water and were carrying a whistle with them along with their cell phone and a lighter. The two started their hike from Oneonta Falls at approximately 2:30 p.m. and hiked what they thought was the Larch Mountain trail but when they came back on the trail they became lost. Once it got dark the hikers stopped and called for help. The deputy instructed the two to remain where they were on the trail and wait for Search and Rescue personnel to reach them and bring them back down from where searchers believed they were at based on the picture they had texted earlier.

MCSO Search and Rescue personnel were activated and responded to Multnomah Falls to assist in guiding the hikers back down from the trail safely. The hikers were located a short ways down the Perdition Trail, a closed non-maintained trail off Trail #441. Search and Rescue personnel reached the two hikers just before 11:50 p.m. and escorted the hikers back down the trail to the trailhead. Both hikers were in good shape and uninjured.

At approximately 12:35 a.m. MCSO SAR teams reached the Multnomah Falls trailhead with the lost hikers. The hikers were in good spirits and happy to be off the trail. They thanked the MCSO Search and Rescue teams for their help and assistance in locating them and escorting them down safely. In this incident the hikers stayed where they were at when asked to do so by MCSO deputies. This helped searchers locate them quickly when they reached the location they were believed to be at. The hikers are identified as Cody Turpin, Age 25 of Portland, OR and Daniell Pierce, Age 20 of Gladstone, OR.

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 attempting a hike. Be prepared when you depart for a hike and 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. During the early parts of spring temperatures can still be very low overnight in the higher elevations and weather can change rapidly. Be prepared for the weather. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable visit or hike in the Columbia Gorge scenic areas.
Attached Media Files: SAR
Continuing investigation in Aggravated Animal Abuse I case leads to recovery of deceased animal remains - 05/01/15
On Monday April 27, 2015 MCSO deputies responded to 5122 SE Jenne Rd to investigate a possible animal abuse case. MCSO Deputies recovered evidence at the scene and arrested Abel Nistor, Age 20, of Portland, OR on Aggravated Animal Abuse I, however, deputies were unable to locate the animal involved at the time of the arrest.

On Thursday April 30, 2015 MCSO Detectives along with MCSO Search and Rescue responded to the location to look for additional evidence. MCSO Search and Rescue ultimately located the deceased remains of a Rottweiler in a forest near the location. The dog's remains have been sent to Oregon State University where necropsies are performed to determine the cause and manner of death. Those results are still pending.

No further information will be released at this time as the investigation is continuing. Booking photo is available on our website at www.mcso.us
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office 2015 Spring Awards Ceremony - 04/28/15
On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., at the Multnomah Building, 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Sheriff Daniel Staton will host the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office's Semi-Annual Award Ceremony. This ceremony will honor citizens and members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and partnering agencies.

Awards being presented at the ceremony include two Distinguished Service awards, a Lifesaving Awards, two Citations and a Community Service Award along with others. There will be a total of 27 awards presented during this ceremony.

This ceremony is open to the public and community members and media are invited and encouraged to attend as we recognize exemplary service and actions which went above and beyond.
Attached Media Files: MCSO Awards PR
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating body recovered in Willamette River - 04/24/15
Update: The deceased has been identified as Cole Martin (DOB 03/11/1996) of Portland, OR. He was reported missing December 11, 2014 to the Portland Police Bureau. The Medical Examiner has reported there were no signs of foul play.

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On Wednesday April 22, 2015 just before 12:00 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies were dispatched to the report of a body spotted floating in the Willamette River near Linnton. A boater in the area saw the body and called in the report. MCSO River Patrol Deputies and Portland Fire Bureau responded to the area and recovered the body near the west bank of the river at approximately 12:25 p.m. The body was transported to the Cathedral Park boat ramp. MCSO Detectives and the Medical Examiner responded to begin the death investigation. MCSO detectives are handling the investigation and the body has been turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. Portland Police Bureau detectives also assisted.

We are not releasing any additional information at this time pending identification and family notifications. Further information will be provided when available.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office to begin providing police services to the City of Troutdale on July 1, 2015 - 04/23/15
This morning, Thursday April 23, 2015, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office to begin providing police services to the City of Troutdale beginning July 1, 2015. This approval moves forward the consolidation of law enforcement services between the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Troutdale Police Department. Over the next two months, both agencies will strive to ensure a seamless transition and look forward to providing enhanced police services to the City of Troutdale as the transfer of Troutdale Police Department personnel moves forward.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is pleased to welcome the experienced officers and staff from the Troutdale Police Department and continue to build on the excellent service they have provided over the years to the citizens of Troutdale. Beginning July 1, 2015, the officers will continue to patrol the City of Troutdale as they do today but as deputies and/or sergeants for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. MCSO Supervisors are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week expanding the coverage provided to the City of Troutdale.

This process took place over several years and was introduced as a concept by Sheriff Staton during conversations at an all-cities meeting shortly after Sheriff Staton took office in 2010. Over the next several years Sheriff Staton continued to research his idea and worked tirelessly with his MCSO Executive Staff to see if consolidation with Troutdale would result in the efficiencies he envisioned and realize a positive benefit to the community and Multnomah County as a whole. The Executive Division of the Sheriff's Office discovered significant system efficiencies could be realized through the consolidation of a number of operational functions including law enforcement records, property and evidence control, investigations and supervision.

In the Spring of 2014, Sheriff Staton talked with Chief Anderson and began the process to bring his proposal forward for further consideration by the City of Troutdale and the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. As part of this process, a workgroup was formed to work through the financial and operational details to determine the feasibility of the proposal and build a more defined service model.

On March 24, 2015 the Troutdale City Council approved a resolution approving the consolidation of law enforcement services with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. On April 23, 2015 the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners adopted resolution 2015-033, which served as the final step in bringing Sheriff Staton's vision for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the City of Troutdale to reality. The contract will be implemented on July 1, 2015.

All current sworn and civilian staff of the Troutdale Police Department will transfer from the city of Troutdale to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. All personnel will maintain employment.

A lease agreement for the Troutdale Police Community Center was also presented and approved. The Troutdale Police Community Center will now be the home of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division. Patrol services will be centered out of the Troutdale Police Community Center, which will remain under the ownership of the city, effective July 1, 2015.