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Deputies Searching For Missing Swimmer 3 Pools ***Update Final*** (Photo) - 05/26/17

Media: The photograph of Mr. Yau is courtesy of Emily Goodykoontz provided to the Sheriff's Office by the Linn Benton Communtiy College / The Commuter.


The drowning victim from Tuesday's tragic incident has been identified as Kung Shing Yau, age 25, of Hong Kong, China. Mr. Yau was a student at Linn Benton Community College and had been studying abroad in the United States for the last 7 years.

The Sheriff's Office's thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Yau's family, friends and classmates.


Tuesday afternoon a 25 year old swimmer went missing after jumping from a cliff, into the water at the upper pool of the 3 Pools Recreation Area. Last night Kayaker's called the Sheriff's Office and told deputies they believed they had found the body of the missing man down river near the pools.

Early this morning around 9:00 a.m., water rescue teams with the Salem Fire Department and the Jefferson Fire Department waded out into the water and recovered the man's body. The Sheriff's Office is not prepared to release the name of the victim as his family has still not yet been contacted.

With memorial weekend closing in, the Sheriff's Office knows that our wilderness area will see an increase in visitors. Residents and visitors should be aware that river waters are still very high, cold and full of debris. If you are planning to visit these areas, below are a few tips you can use for a safe outdoor experience.
1. Never Swim Alone
2. Avoid Alcohol and Marijuana around water
3. Wear a lifejacket
4. Know how to perform CPR
5. Know how and where you can call 911

The North Fork area of the Santiam River is a remote but popular destination. The North Fork has very little to no cellular phone reception. There are 2 911 call boxes located along the roadway. The first call box is mounted on the outside wall of the Elk Horn Fire Station and the second box can be found at the entrance to Salmon Falls Park.

We are encouraging all visitors to the area to please use caution and come prepared when visiting our natural resources.

B-Roll footage of the recovery efforts can be found here:


Today deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team as well as the Water Rescue Team from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office searched the waters of 3 Pools for the missing 25 year old man.

Despite their best efforts the man was not located. Due to high waters and treacherous conditions all further searches for the missing man have been suspended. The Sheriff's Office has still not been able to contact the missing mans family but those efforts are underway. Until the mans family can be located and notified of this tragic incident his name will not be released.

In light of yesterday's tragic events the Sheriff's Office would like to remind residents and visitors to use extreme caution in open waters,know your swimming ability and always wear a life preserver.


Deputies are currently searching the water in the 3 Pools area of the North Fork River for a swimmer who went missing around 4 p.m. today. A 25 year old man was swimming with friends at the popular swimming destination when he did not resurface.

Search and rescue swimmers are currently searching the pools but have not been able to find the man who is presumed drowned. The 3 Pools Recreation Area is now closed and will remain closed until dive operations can be completed.

Media: Dive operations are scheduled to begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. tomorrow. The 3 Pools Recreation area is a remote location accessed by dirt roads in a heavily forested area with no cellular service for miles. If you intend to send a crew please be prepared for the drive and stage in the parking lot area for 3 Pools, a PIO will be available and on scene at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.

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Deputies Stop Stolen Vehicle During Vehicle Safety Blitz (Photo) - 05/22/17

The Marion County Sheriff's Office arrested two individuals this morning during a traffic stop of an alleged stolen vehicle in the 3400 Block of Silverton Road NE. Deputies with the Traffic Safety Team were conducting their annual Seatbelt Safety Campaign at the intersection of Silverton Rd NE and Lancaster Dr NE in Salem when they saw a black Nissan Versa and the driver talking on a cell phone.

Deputies stopped the vehicle for unlawfully using a mobile communication device and shortly thereafter learned that the Nissan was stolen. The driver John Garza, age 41, of Salem and his passenger Francisco Cervantes, age 33, of Keizer were both arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail without incident.

Mr. Garza was booked for the crimes of Driving while suspended-Misdemeanor and Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle. Mr. Cervantes was booked for the crimes of Possession of a Controlled Substance- Methamphetamine and a Parole Violation. Mr. Garza was ticketed for the Unlawful use of a Mobile Communication Device.

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Marion County Deputies to Conduct Traffic Safety Campaign (Photo) - 05/15/17

Beginning Monday, May 15th and carrying through May 28th, deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will begin extra patrols focusing on motorists who are not wearing their seat belts. Deputies will be out during the day and nighttime hours looking for violators at the intersection of Lancaster Drive NE and Silverton Road NE.

According to the National Highway Traffic Administration; in 2015 seat belts saved an estimated 13,941 passengers over age 5. Additionally on Memorial Day weekend, May 26th thru May 29th, deputies will add extra DUII patrols over the holiday weekend. Overtime grants like these are made possible by our partners at the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Man Arrested After Early Morning Burglary and Robbery (Photo) - 05/08/17

Early this morning, around 4:45 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the 4200 block of Ward Drive NE after a resident awoke and found their home had been burglarized. When deputies arrived they determined someone entered the home through an open window and stole a wallet and two vehicles parked in the victim's driveway. One of the vehicles a Ford Focus was recovered down the street, but the second vehicle a Ford Edge was still missing.

At 8:50 a.m., deputies were called to an armed robbery that had just occurred at the State Farm Insurance Agency located at 855 Lancaster Drive SE. As the robbery was being dispatched a deputy spotted the stolen Ford Edge leaving the same area as the robbery. Believing the stolen vehicle was involved in the robbery deputies pursued. The vehicle drove through the Salem area and into Keizer where spike strips were deployed, flattening the vehicles tires, a short time later the driver abandoned the vehicle and ran on foot.

The driver Richard Keith, age 25 was captured moments after running and taken to the Marion County Jail. Mr. Keith has been booked on numerous charges that include Reckless Driving, Felony Elude, Driving While Suspended-Misdemeanor, Burglary I, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle X 2 and several outstanding warrants.

While the chase was concluding, detectives with the Sheriff's Office responded to the robbery and determined that Mr. Keith was not the person believed to be involved. Detectives are seeking the public's help in locating a white, male, adult, who is approximately 30 to 35 years of age, thin and unshaven. The man was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, black Carhart pants, and a mask around his neck believed to be half of a skeleton face. During the robbery the male displayed what appeared to be a handgun.

The man was last seen running south and possibly got into a brown, dodge truck. Anyone with information is asked to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503 540 8079 or you can text your anonymous tip to 847411, just text TipMCSO and your message.

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Sex Offender Notification (Photo) - 05/04/17

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS181.507, OAR 291-28-30, which authorizes Parole and Probation to inform the public when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff's Office. Additionally, this person's criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

NAME: Adan Miguel Ceja-Hernandez
SID#: 13948848
DOB: 08/11/1982

HEIGHT: 5' 11'' WEIGHT: 180lbs


Adan Miguel Ceja-Hernandez is on Post Prison Supervision for the crime (s) of : SUB MIN AF, RAPE I, SEXAB2 N, RAPE I, RAPE II, SUB MIN AF, RAPE III, RAPE III, SEXAB2 N

This person was granted Supervision on: 06/11/2015, 06/11/2015, 06/11/2015, 06/11/2015, 06/11/2015, 06/11/2015, 06/11/2015, 06/11/2015
Supervision expiration date is: 02/03/2027, 06/10/2018, 02/03/2027, 10/10/2023, 06/10/2018, 06/10/2018, 06/10/2018, 11/08/2017

Special restrictions include:
[X] No contact with minors (male/female)
[X] Sex offender treatment
[X] Submit to polygraph
[X] No alcohol

Other: Ceja-Hernandez' victim pool includes females with an age range of 13-18.

Sheriff's Office Adds Extra DUII Patrols for Cinco de Mayo (Photo) - 05/04/17

Friday May 5th, the Marion County Sheriff's Office's Traffic Safety Team will add additional patrols to our roadways. The Deputies will be focusing on detecting and arresting impaired drivers in Marion County.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); From 2011-2015, 270 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes during the Cinco de Mayo holiday period. The Sheriff's Office is asking our motorists, if you are celebrating, please designate a sober driver.

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