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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
MCSO K9 Ranger
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 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.

Family Statement: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol assisting in search for missing swimmer off Ackerman Island (Photo) - 07/28/16

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is passing along the following statement on behalf of the family of John David Martin:

"Our family is devastated by the loss of John. He was everyone's very best friend. His loss will ripple through this and future family generations.

We would like to thank the US Coast Guard and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, along with the many other agencies who did all they could to rescue John, and later when they tried to recover him. We know everyone did all they could, with all their assets to bring us hope and peace.

We also want to thank the media who we know needs to finish this story with dignity, for respecting our privacy during this torturous hardship. The media who has shown up at his home has graciously left without an incident, which is very appreciated.

This family of ours is full of love, and knows the grace of God during times like these. On these things we can rely. "

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Final Update: MCSO Dive team completed searching the area around Ackerman Island shortly before 3:00 p.m. Search efforts were unsuccessful. Further recovery efforts have been suspended pending new information or developments.

Missing Person Flyer attached.


Update2: The MCSO Dive team commenced search operations near Ackerman Island shortly before 10:00 a.m. in the area of the last reported location of the missing swimmer, identified as John David Martin, Age 50, of Portland, OR. The MCSO Dive Team is continuing search efforts this afternoon and once complete will assess any next steps in recovery efforts.

Updates will be provided when more information is available.


Update1: Shortly before 11:00 p.m. emergency rescue personnel suspended search and rescue efforts for the missing swimmer. The Sheriff's Office has begun preparing for recovery efforts to commence in the morning with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Dive Team. Rescue boats from Portland Fire, Gresham Fire, Vancouver Fire, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter were involved in search and rescue efforts. Emergency crews utilized sidescan sonar, FLIR and dragbars as they searched the river areas near the swimmer's last reported location as they attempted to locate him. The U.S. Coast Guard helicopter also covered Ackerman Island in case the swimmer had made it back to shore on another part of the island.

No further updates are expected until dive operations commence in the morning.

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This evening, Wednesday July 27, 2016, MCSO River Patrol deputies responded to the report of a missing swimmer off the north side of Ackerman Island shortly before 9:00 p.m. MCSO River Patrol, Vancouver Fire, Gresham Fire and Portland Fire rescue boats also responded to the scene. Rescue boats are currently searching the waters north of Ackerman Island for the missing swimmer. The U.S. Coast Guard has also dispatched a helicopter to assist in the search.

Preliminary reports indicate the swimmer, an adult male in his 50's, who was on the island with family members was attempting to retrieve their boat which had become unanchored from the shore on Ackerman Island and drifted out towards the channel. Reports indicate he swam back and forth to the boat several times before disappearing from view. Rescue efforts are continuing at this time.

Updates will be provided when more information is available.

Media staging is near Chinook Landing. PIO is on scene.

Attached Media Files: Missingflyer , CP1 , Dive2 , Dive1