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CANCEL: Child Abduction from Oakland, Oregon (Photo) - 04/16/19

*** UPDATE 04/16/19 13:58 ***


The child has been located and is safe. Thank you for your assistance.

Media inquiries should be directed to the Sutherlin Police Department for further comment.



Sent on behalf of the Sutherlin Police Department

OAKLAND, Ore. - Douglas County Law Enforcement is asking the public for assistance in searching for a silver Toyota Carolla with tinted windows and a sticker of the State of Oregon on the back window. The vehicle has an unknown Oregon license plate on the back of the car, but is missing the front plate.

3 year-old Ryklin Monroe Anderson was abducted by an unknown male and female from a residence in Oakland around 11:19 am. The child is 3 foot, 50 lbs, blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a yellow shirt and denim leggings.

The subjects are considered armed and dangerous. Do not attempt contact, but call 9-1-1 if you see the vehicle.

There is no additional information available at this time.

SAR Recovers Body of Missing Mt. Angel Man - 04/15/19

TOKETEE, Ore. - The body of 30 year-old Jeffery A. Vance was located by Search and Rescue on Sunday, April 14, 2019. 

Searchers had returned to the Clear Water area on Sunday, where Vance went missing at the beginning of February, to continue efforts to locate him. Search efforts had previously been hindered by heavy snowfall. At approximately 11:50 am, Vance was located by a Douglas County Search and Rescue volunteer. 

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office is conducting a death investigation. There are no immediate indications of foul play.

Next of kin has been notified. 

Missing Winston Woman Found Deceased - 04/15/19

SUTHERLIN, Ore. - On Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 1:10 pm, Douglas County Emergency Communications received a report from Weyerhaeuser that an employee located a van with a deceased female inside on their property out Nonpareil Road. 

Deputies responded and were shown to the area where the van was located. Deputies identified the van and female inside to be that of Geraldine Donna Galer of Winston. Galer was 77 at the time she went missing in December of 2018. 

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office is conducting a death investigation. At this time, there are no indications of foul play. 

Next of kin has been notified. 

U Drive, U Text, U Pay - Distracted Driving Campaign - 04/09/19

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Douglas County Deputies will be participating in the Connect to Disconnect (C2D) National Distracted Driving Enforcement and Awareness campaign beginning this Thursday.

This 4-hour national initiative is coordinated by State Highway Safety Offices and law enforcement agencies across the country. This initiative will take place on April 11, 2019, the first day of the 2019 U Drive. U Text. U Pay distracted driving high-visibility enforcement period that runs through April 15, 2019.

The goals of C2D are to demonstrate a nationwide commitment to enforcing cell phone and texting bans, and to reduce traffic crashes caused by distracted drivers, ultimately preventing injuries and deaths associated with cell phone use and texting while driving.

The Oregon legislature recently voted House Bill 2597 into law creating stricter distracted driving laws related to the use of mobile electronic devices. The change allows law enforcement to cite drivers who are engaged in activities on their devices beyond texting and talking.

The new law makes it illegal to drive while holding or using an electronic device such as a cell phone, tablet, GPS or laptop. Individuals may use a single touch or swipe to activate or deactivate a device or a function. For example, if it is safe to do so, you may swipe your phone to turn off the navigation system, but you aren’t allowed to input the address. In order to be in compliance with the law, you must pull over and park safely at the side of the road or in a designated parking spot to use the phone for other functions besides activation and deactivation. These laws apply to drivers stopped at a stoplight, stop sign or in traffic. 

Hands-free or built in devices that allow a person to keep both hands on the steering wheel are permitted for users over 18 years old.

If you need to contact 9-1-1 for emergency assistance, you can use your device to do so if there is no passenger present who is capable of making that call.

There are exceptions afforded to individuals employed in certain professions such as emergency personnel.

These laws are needed due to the significant number of injuries and deaths related to distracted driving. Please remember that anything that takes your eyes of the road, hands off the wheel or mind off what you are doing is a distraction. Please consider your safety and others’ wellbeing while driving.

The new penalties for violating the law after July 1, 2018 are: 

  • First offense -- Class B violation with a fine up to $1,000
  • Second offense - Class A violation with a fine up to $2,500
  • Third offense - Class B misdemeanor with a fine up to $2,000 and potential 6 months in jail 

The Oregon Department of Transportation said distracted driving caused 10,814 crashes between 2012 and 2016. In those crashes, 70 people died and 16,503 were hurt.

Unofficial numbers from ODOT show 172 crash deaths this year -- a 17.8% increase from the same time last year. Many of those crashes involved the driver leaving their lane, which is often caused by the driver being distracted, ODOT said. 

Violations include using any handheld device that takes your hands off the wheel. Built-in or hands-free devices are allowed but even mounted smart phones or GPS devices can only be used for single touch or swipe to activate or deactivate. 

Also being stopped at a red light or in traffic is not an acceptable time to use your device, you must be safely parked.

Nicholas Slead
Nicholas Slead
Traffic Stop Leads to Recovery of Stolen U-Haul Vehicle (Photo) - 04/09/19

YONCALLA, Ore. - A traffic stop Monday evening resulted in the arrest of two people in a stolen vehicle.

A deputy made a traffic stop at 5:25 pm on a 2018 Ford Van owned by U-Haul for speeding. The deputy learned during the course of the traffic stop that the vehicle was stolen. The driver, 32 year-old Nicholas Charles Slead of Tacoma, Washington, was taken into custody. The passenger, 30 year-old Elisa Nicole Gill of Gresham, was also taken into custody on an arrest warrant. 

During a subsequent search of the vehicle, deputies located methamphetamine and heroin. 

Slead and Gill were transported to the Douglas County Jail where they were lodged on the following charges: 


Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
Unlawful Possession of Heroin


  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
  • Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Unlawful Possession of Heroin
  • Felony Arrest Warrant 

Attached Media Files: Nicholas Slead , Elisa Gill
Shooting Investigation - 04/08/19

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. - Detectives are investigating a shooting which took place Sunday night in the 14000-block of Old Highway 99 South. 

At 8:01 PM, dispatchers received a report of a male who had been shot by a female. The male, sustained a life-threatening injury and was transferred to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance. He was later transferred to an undisclosed hospital for further care. 

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team was activated and the investigation is continuing. There is no ongoing risk to the public. 

No further details will be released at this time.

Marine Patrol Seeking Information From the Public - 04/08/19

GLIDE, Ore. - On Sunday, April 7, 2019, at 4:10 pm, Douglas County 9-1-1 received a report that a 9 year-old child observed a man in the North Umpqua River clinging to a log and yelling for help near Colliding Rivers viewpoint. The man was described as wearing a bright orange shirt. 

The Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol Division responded along with resources from Search and Rescue, Douglas County Fire District #2 and Glide Fire Department. A search of the area was unsuccessful in locating the reported victim. Due to hazardous water flows, search efforts from boat had to be suspended for safety concerns.

At this time, the Sheriff's Office is seeking information from the public. Anyone who observed the incident who has not yet spoken to deputies is asked to call 541-440-4471. There have been no missing person reports from the area.

February Winter/Snow Storm Data and Requests For Assistance Still Being Collected - 04/02/19

At this time there is no state or federal financial assistance, in regards to the February 2019 winter/snow storm, available to homeowners, renters or businesses.  

Douglas County and the community partners of the local Douglas County Community Organizations Active in Disasters (DC COAD) are concerned that there still might be people in need after the storm. 

If you are a homeowner or renter still struggling with impacts from the storm and need assistance (and have not already registered), residents are encouraged to visit the Douglas County Recovers website at Assistance may be requested through this website.  

The website is not government managed.  Any assistance you receive will be provided by local or state volunteer organizations.  This site is also a means through which you can offer assistance in cash, materials, and/or time, to the community of Douglas County in this disaster.