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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating body recovered in Willamette River - 02/08/16
On Monday February 8, 2016 at approximately 4:15 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to the report of a body seen in the Willamette River near Cathedral Park by two fishermen. MCSO River patrol units arrived in the area and recovered the body of a deceased adult near one of the wing dikes just downriver from Cathedral Park. The body was transported to the Cathedral Park boat ramp. MCSO detectives and the Medical Examiner were notified. 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 identification and family notifications.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Deputies watching for proper seat belt use during statewide safety belt "blitz" campaign - 02/05/16
From Monday February 8, 2016 through Sunday February 21, 2016, 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 watching 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 Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.

MCSO will be adding extra patrols to enforce Oregon safety belt and safety seat laws. Deputies will be watching and contacting motorists who fail to properly use their safety belt, or who do not properly secure a child in the appropriate safety seat.

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/

Speeding and driver impairment are the most common causes of injury crashes. Oregon's safety belt overtime enforcement program is committed to reducing the severity of crash injuries by promoting proper safety belt and child restraint use. Multnomah County Sheriff's office reminds motorists, please remember, day and night "Click It or Ticket".

This is the first of three annual traffic enforcement "blitzes" dedicated to proper safety belt and child restraint use and runs February 8 through February 21, 2016.
Multnomah County Sheriff Daniel Staton response to Multnomah County Chair comments - 02/03/16
Earlier today, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury made comments regarding conversations she was engaged in with Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to have their office look at recent allegations. I welcome the opportunity for an outside inquiry. I am unable to comment on the pending employee tort claim, however, I believe an outside review will result in a more complete response to all of the issues involved.

The Charter Review Committee questions Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury brought up once again, have already been addressed by my office. The County Attorney was provided with the results from an internal audit completed at my order by MCSO IT in cooperation with Oregon State Police Law Enforcement Data Systems (LEDS). This was completed to address concerns raised by individuals that confidential or law enforcement search databases were utilized to "profile" Charter Review Committee members. The results of this audit confirmed there were no inappropriate searches conducted by any MCSO staff.

I have placed a call to Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum's office to concur with Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and recommend they conduct a review to resolve this matter once and for all.

Attachment: Letter to Multnomah County Attorney's office regarding findings of internal audit.
Attached Media Files: MCSO Findings to County Attorney
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office ramps up DUII patrols through Superbowl Weekend - 02/02/16
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be adding High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) DUII patrols beginning Wednesday February 3, 2016 and continuing through Sunday February 7, 2016. MCSO Deputies will be on the lookout for drivers operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or other drugs and do not heed the message to designate a sober driver.

The Sheriff's Office reminds drivers: Stay Alive, Don't Drink and Drive:

* Use a designated driver
* Call a taxi or ride-sharing company
* Use public transportation
* Remember, "buzzed" driving is drunk driving

Grant funded DUII enhanced patrols conducted January 22 through January 24, 2016 resulted in three drivers being arrested for DUII.

These types of missions are made possible through grant funding made available from the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office participates in enhanced DUII enforcement efforts to assist in reducing impaired driving and save lives. Other HVE DUII enforcement missions are scheduled to be conducted in upcoming months and holidays, and other special events with identified DUII problems.

Community members can support zero tolerance for impaired driving by immediately reporting impaired drivers to 9-1-1.
Alexio Avila
Alexio Avila
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue activated for lost hiker above Multnomah Falls (Photo) - 01/27/16
Final Update: Alexio arrived back at the Command Post at approximately 7:15 a.m., he was uninjured from his ordeal and in good spirits. He was glad to be down from the trail and able to start warming up. He appreciated Search and Rescue's efforts to attempt to locate him overnight.

Alexio said he started his hike at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday and after hiking a portion of the falls decided to go up to the top of Larch Mountain before turning around. As he came back down he lost sight of his tracks and had difficulty getting through the deep snow. He didn't have snowshoes and his shoes were getting full of ice/snow from trying to break through and continue down from Larch Mountain. Eventually Alexio said he came across a stream he followed down to a road. After calling 911 and talking with the dispatcher, his phone died. He took a nap and stayed in the area after waking up, moving around to keep warm before starting to follow the road down to where he eventually came out and found a house. He wasn't sure the description he gave dispatch was good enough for someone to find him so he started walking. Alexio was carrying some water and some trail mix with him that helped keep him hydrated and from getting to hungry. He was wearing partial winter clothing and said the weather wasn't too bad overnight although he was worried about getting hypothermia as it got colder.

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. Closures and washouts can occur and information on the trail conditions can be found through various Columbia Gorge trail and hiking websites. 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 winter low temperatures in the higher elevations can bring snow and hail. Be prepared for bad weather. 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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Update 2: Alexio Avila walked out just before 6:00 a.m. making contact with residents of a house on Palmer Mill Rd and NE Brower Rd. An MCSO SAR team is en route to pick him up and transport him back to the Command Post. Initial reports indicate he is in good condition.

A final update will be provided after he has been returned to the Command Post.

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Update 1: MCSO Search and Rescue (SAR) teams are continuing search efforts for the lost hiker, identified as Alexio Avila, Age 22. Search teams from MCSO SAR have been deployed overnight, searching trails and roads above Multnomah Falls and around Larch Mountain. Searchers have covered approximately twenty miles of trails during search efforts so far. The weather in the area has remained mild overnight, although the higher elevations around Larch Mountain do have snow covered ground.

Mountain Wave Communications has responded and is supporting radio communications for search efforts. Approximately 18 searchers from MCSO SAR are currently involved in search efforts. Additional search and rescue teams are expected to arrive later this morning to assist in the search and provide relief for searchers out overnight.

Picture of Alexio Avila is attached.

Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available.



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This evening just before 5:00 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched on the call of a lost hiker near Larch Mountain. The hiker reported he had hiked to the top of Larch Mountain and was returning back had lost his tracks somewhere and couldn't find his way back down. The hiker reported he had found a rocky road and was standing on the road. He also reported his cellphone was low on battery. Dispatchers instructed him to stay where he was and they would dispatch units to assist. MCSO Deputies responded and contacted MCSO Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinators to assist.

An MCSO Search and Rescue Coordinator and an MCSO hasty Search and Rescue team responded to assist deputies to locate the hiker. the MCSO SAR team drove to an access road on Larch Mountain to meet the MCSO SAR Coordinator and deployed down the access road to locate the hiker. Searchers have not made contact with the lost hiker and a full Search and Rescue team is now being called out to assist with Search efforts for the hiker.

More updates will be provided as information becomes available. The Command Post will be located in the Multnomah Falls I-84 parking area. Media staging is available near the Command Post.
Attached Media Files: Alexio Avila
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office conducting follow up search effort today for missing Alissa McCran - 01/23/16
Today, Saturday January 23, 2016, MCSO Search and Rescue is coordinating a follow up search effort for Alissa McCran, originally reported as missing to Portland Police Bureau on Saturday December 19, 2015. Alissa McCran's vehicle was located on Tuesday December 22, 2015 in the Multnomah Falls I-84 parking lot. Portland Police Bureau requested MCSO Search and Rescue assistance after the vehicle was located. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office led a three day Search and Rescue effort in an attempt to locate the missing person. The search was suspended on Thursday, December 24, 2015 after search and rescue teams had covered over 150 miles of trails in search efforts and among worsening weather conditions.

The MCSO Green Hornet Wilderness Law Enforcement Services and Trail Rescue Team "Trail Hornets" recently conducted training in the area and noted improved conditions in the areas previously searched and a reduction in snow accumulations that hampered previous search efforts in the area. MCSO Search and Rescue Coordinators made the decision to coordinate a follow up search effort today.

Search and Rescue teams from MCSO Search and Rescue, Pacific Northwest (PNW), WCSO SAR, Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR) along with Clackamas County SO Posse, two Mountain Wave HRD k9 teams, and a Clark County K9 HRD team are participating in search efforts today. Approximately sixty searchers are expected to be in the field today searching. Mountain Wave Communications is also on scene providing radio communications support for search teams.

More updates will be provided as information becomes available. Command post is located in the Multnomah Falls parking lot off I-84.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office conducting enhanced DUII patrols this weekend - 01/22/16
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be conducting extra patrols looking for DUII drivers this weekend Friday January 22, 2016 through Sunday January 24, 2016. MCSO Deputies will be on the lookout for drivers operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or other drugs and do not heed the message to designate a sober driver.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office message to drivers, Stay Alive, Don't Drink and Drive:

* Use a designated driver
* Call a taxi or ride-sharing company
* Use public transportation
* Remember, "buzzed" driving is drunk driving

These types of missions are made possible through grant funding made available from the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.

During the holiday season between December 25, 2015 and January 3, 2016. MCSO Deputies conducted six DUII arrests while on grant DUII patrols. Deputies also made one Reckless Driving arrest and one felony warrant arrest.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office participates in enhanced DUII enforcement efforts to assist in reducing impaired driving and save lives. Other enhanced DUII enforcement missions are scheduled to be conducted in upcoming months and holidays, and around other special events with identified DUII problems.

Community members can support zero tolerance for impaired driving by immediately reporting impaired drivers to 9-1-1.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue activated for lost hikers above Multnomah Falls - 01/15/16
Final Update: The MCSO Search and Rescue team arrived back at the Command Post with the hikers at approximately 2:00 a.m. The hikers identified as Brianna Kondash, Age 20 and Hope Placencio Age 20, of Salem, OR were happy to be off the trail and grateful to the MCSO Search and Rescue personnel who located them and helped escort them down from the trail. The hikers were reunited with waiting family at the Command Post.

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. Be prepared when you depart for a hike and ensure you are carrying the proper equipment 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.

If you do become lost in the woods, preserve your body heat. Don't lie directly on the ground make a mattress of pine boughs and/or leaves. Try to find a place out of the rain and wind, but be visible. Staying in place helps searchers locate you as they are searching the area. Carry bright colored clothing you can hang on a tree to attract attention. Let someone know your plan and when you expect to return so someone knows if you are overdue. As the winter approaches low temperatures in higher elevations can bring snow and hail. Be prepared for bad weather. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable visit to the scenic areas in the Columbia Gorge and other hiking areas.



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An MCSO Search and Rescue team located the lost hikers at approximately 11:35 p.m. Both hikers were very cold and wet but otherwise uninjured. MCSO Search and Rescue teams are providing warm clothing and preparing to escort them back down off the trail. The hikers were found near an access gate on Multnomah Basin Rd. It is expected it will take 1 1/2 to 2 hours to escort them back down the trail to the Command Post.

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This evening, Thursday January 14, 2015 at approximately 7:15 p.m. MCSO deputies were dispatched to Multnomah Falls after two hikers called 911 and said they were lost and weren't sure where they were at above Multnomah Falls. MCSO Deputies arrived and located the hiker's vehicle at the Wahkeena Trailhead. MCSO Deputies established phone contact with the hikers and were able to obtain a good description of the location the hikers were at and instructed them to remain there as they contacted MCSO Search and Rescue Coordinators with the location description.

The two hikers, both age 20 from Salem, OR had gone on a day hike from the Wahkeena Trailhead at approximately 2:00 p.m. and hiked over to Multnomah Falls. They decided to continue hiking up the trail to Devil's Rest took a wrong turn after reaching Devil's Rest and lost the trail. After it got dark, they stopped and called for help. The hikers have limited emergency supplies with them and were not prepared to stay overnight on the trails.

MCSO Search and Rescue was activated and has responded to conduct search and rescue operations to locate the lost hikers. Based on the description of the location the hikers said they were, MCSO SAR Coordinators have high confidence they know where the hikers are located. It is expected to take several hours to reach and extract the hikers from the area they are believed to be in and escort them back down to the Command Post.

MCSO Search and Rescue teams were deployed into the field just after 9:00 p.m. and have been working their way up into the area the hikers are believed to be in. Mountain Wave Communications has arrived on scene and is providing radio communication support for ongoing search efforts.

Media staging is available near the Command Post at the Multnomah Falls parking lot on I-84.

Further updates will be posted when information becomes available.