On 12/03/2016 shortly after 12:00 pm, Multnomah County Deputies were called to assist an injured hiker who had fallen down an embankment near the John B. Yeon Trailhead in the Columbia River Gorge, while hiking with friends.
At approximately 12:45 pm a team from the MCSO Trail Hornets set out on the trail and was able to reach the hiker, a 66 year old female who had fallen nearly 100 feet down a steep embankment. Crews from the American Medical Response Reach and Treat Unit along with Corbett Fire Department assisted with medical care of the injured hiker on scene.
Search and rescue teams from MCSO and Pacific NW Search and Rescue joined in the rescue effort later in the afternoon. At approximately 7:00 pm a National Guard helicopter was able to perform a hoist rescue of the injured hiker and flew her to a local hospital for further treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
The deceased has been identified as 63 year old Charles E. Rasberry of Portland, Oregon. The medical examiner ruled the cause of death as drowning, detectives indicate there are no signs of foul play.
On Thursday 11/17/2016 at approximately 11:00 a.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to the report of a body seen in the Willamette River near Swan Island. MCSO River Patrol units, assisted by the Portland Fire Bureau, arrived in the area a short time later and recovered the body of a deceased adult from the water.
MCSO detectives have been notified and will be conducting a death investigation. The body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. No further details are available at this time pending identification and family notifications.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone about the prevalence of telephone scammers who continue to take advantage of our community. In a recent case, an elderly Troutdale resident was scammed for over $2,000.00, by a foreign scam claiming the victim had won the Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes. Through the hard work of the US Postal service and Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputies, a bulk of the money in this case was returned.
Sheriff's Office detectives get these types of calls weekly and want you to remember that it is illegal for anyone to charge a fee for you to collect any type of winnings, and that U.S. Citizens do not win foreign sweepstakes. Anyone who receives a call asking for money should follow these safety tips;
1.Hang up the phone and DO NOT SEND MONEY!
2.Do not provide personal information over the phone to anyone calling you claiming you won a prize.
3.Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes award winners are notified in person by their prize patrol. If you are contacted and asked to send any form of currency (such as wired, prepaid gift cards, green dot cards or cash) then it is a scam. They will never ask you for a processing fee or tax to be paid on legitimate money won.
4.They may claim this deal or your prize money will go away if you don't act now. Do not be pressured into sending money, most funds are not recovered once sent to scammers.
5.They may give you an address or phone number to call in the United States to legitimize their effort. Scammers use fake contact information to convince victims to give money.
6.If you are adamant you want to send money, please contact the police, a family member or friend and tell them about the call first. If it is too good to be true, it probably is.
7.Contact Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Elder Crimes Detective Jay Pentheny at (503)988-4450, to ensure the call is not a scam.
On 11/11/2016 at approximately 11:00 am, Multnomah County Deputies responded to a call that human remains had been discovered off of a trail near the Tooth Rock Trailhead in the Columbia River Gorge. Search and Rescue crews and MCSO detectives worked through the afternoon to recover the remains.
The remains have been turned over to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's office for identification. No further details will be released at this time pending positive identification and next of kin notifications.
On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., in the Multnomah Building Board Room, 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd, Sheriff Michael Reese will host the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office's Semi-Annual Awards 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 one award of valor, two Distinguished Service awards, one Lifesaving Award, and other agency citations and community service awards. There will be a total of 16 awards presented during this ceremony.
This ceremony is open to the public; community members and media are invited and encouraged to attend as we recognize exemplary service and actions by our staff and community, which went above and beyond.