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Composite sketch -- Suspect #2
Composite sketch -- Suspect #2
Sheriff's Office seeks two suspects in 4/23 Vista Market robbery; suspect sketch released; tips sought (Photo) - 04/24/14
Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case # 14-11000

At about 12:53 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, two white males robbed the Vista Market located at 2120 SE Oak Grove Blvd. At least one firearm was used in the robbery. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office can now release one suspect sketch -- and urges the public to send tips.

There is no vehicle information for either suspect at this time.

The suspects are described as follows:

- White male
- Age: 20s
- Height: 5'10" to 6'1"
- Thin build
- Wearing dark coat, dark hat, sunglasses, hooded sweatshirt
- May use a cane

SUSPECT #2 (composite sketch of this suspect attached)
- White male
- Age: 20s
- Height: 5'2" to 5'5"
- Small build
- Thin "chin strap" beard
- Short hair
- Baseball cap

Both suspects are considered armed and dangerous.

A composite sketch of SUSPECT #2 is attached to this email.

The investigation is ongoing.


Anyone with information concerning this crime is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form at Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #14-11000

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case # 14-11000

Attached Media Files: Composite sketch -- Suspect #2
UPDATED W/ SUSPECT, VICTIM NAMES: Deputies Respond to Shooting at Kings Row Motel - 04/21/14

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives can now release the names of the involved parties from the Thursday, April 17 shooting at the Kings Row Motel.

The suspect is Aletha Carlese Williams, 47 years old. She was arrested and charged with Assault I.

The victim is identified as William Edward Williams, 46 years old.

Both are residents of Milwaukie.

Aletha Williams is currently in custody at the Clackamas County Jail.

William Williams has non-life-threatening injuries, and is still being treated at a local hospital.


EARLIER (APRIL 18, 2014)

Just before midnight on Thursday, April 17, 2014 the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office was called to the Kings Row Motel on a report of a shooting. Kings Row Motel is located in the 12700 block of McLoughlin Blvd in Milwaukie, an unincorporated area of Clackamas County. The manager of the Motel called 911 reporting a male had came to the front desk reporting he had been shot by his wife while staying at the Motel.

Deputies responded to the scene and were able to make immediate phone contact with the female half. She cooperated with their commands and came out of the room without incident.

The male was transported to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Detectives are investigating the incident. No arrests have been made at this time as this investigation is still ongoing.

The names of those involved are not being released at this time.

Photo from 2010 Prescription Drug Take-Back
Photo from 2010 Prescription Drug Take-Back
UPDATED w/ CORRECTED DATE, DROP-BOX INFO: Sheriff's Office set to participate in 'National Drug Take-Back Day' on Saturday, April 26 (Photo) - 04/17/14
[NOTE: Release updated to reflect correct year of 2014, link to info on permanent prescription-drug drop-boxes.]

Want to safely dispose of unwanted, unused prescription drugs?

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will hold a no-questions-asked "Prescription Drug Take-Back" on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kaiser Permanente parking lot next to Mt. Talbert Medical Clinic (10100 SE Sunnyside Rd, Clackamas).

Sheriff's Office deputies will be on hand to accept unwanted medications at your driver's-side door.

Prescription medications are among the most commonly abused drugs, so it is important to dispose of them safely after they are no longer needed by the patient. Flushing pharmaceuticals down the toilet can be dangerous both for the community and local wildlife, so take-back programs like this are the best option for disposing of unused prescription drugs.

Last year's event resulted in more than 1,600 pounds of drugs being removed from Clackamas County homes and safely destroyed.

"This is an outstanding opportunity for local citizens to help us take drugs off the street before they ever even get there in the first place," said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts.

This year's Drug Take-Back is presented by the Sheriff's Office, Kaiser Permanente, Clackamas County Health, Housing & Human Services, Walgreens, and the Overland Coalition Against Drug Crime.

The event is held in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Drug Take-Back Day. According to the DEA, during last year's event, held April 27, "742,497 pounds (371 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public at more than 5,829 locations manned by 4,312 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies that partnered with DEA on the event. When added to the collections from DEA's previous five Take-Back events, more than 2.8 million pounds (1,409 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation."

UPDATED TO ADD: If you can't make the April 26 event, Clackamas County also has convenient permanent drop-boxes in ten locations around Clackamas County. A full list of drop-box locations can be found in this 2013 press release:

For more information, contact the Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit at 503-785-5077 or by email at

Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit logo
Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit logo
Sheriff's Office hosts 15th annual Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit April 22-25; contact PIO for interview opportunities (Photo) - 04/17/14
The 2014 Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit ( ) starts Tuesday, April 22 and ends Friday, April 25 at the Red Lion Hotel on the River in Portland, Oregon. For media outlets, interview opportunities are available with experts leading sessions at the Summit; contact PIO Sgt. Nate Thompson for details.

The Summit was started in 2000 by Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. At that time, he was a CCSO detective working child-abuse and child-homicide investigations. He realized they weren't isolated cases -- that instead we were facing a hidden epidemic of violence and abuse.

This led to the founding of the three-and-a-half-day multi-disciplinary conference -- designed for professionals working in the areas of investigations, interviewing, assessment, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse, neglect and domestic violence.

Last year, over 750 attendees came from across the United States and around the world.

The Summit is hosted by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Team ( ) and the Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT)( ). The Summit's goal is to educate professionals on the complex issues associated with child abuse and family violence, to broaden each professional's knowledge base in multiple areas, and to increase understanding of the other agencies' roles and responsibilities.

The conference theme, "The Power of One in Collaboration with Others," continues throughout the Summit as professionals learn new ways to work together to protect and make each child safe in our communities.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office offers its sincere thanks to SAFEWAY as a steadfast supporter and corporate sponsor of the Summit.

Visit for more information -- including session descriptions, speakers and other activities.

Registration for the Summit closes Friday, April 19.

Media should contact Sheriff's Office PIO Sgt. Nate Thompson for interview inquiries.

Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington County Sheriff's Office announce suspension of I-247 detainer placements after court ruling - 04/16/14
As a result of a recent court opinion and order issued on April 11, 2014 by the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, as well as other recent court rulings, finding that holding a person solely on an ICE detainer violates the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington County Sheriff's Office's have made the decision to suspend placement of I-247 Immigration Detainers.

To view the Court Opinion and Order, see attachment.

The I-247 detainer is issued by the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security. For more information about ICE detainers please visit their website at

The Sheriffs are committed to remaining in compliance with all state and federal laws and the Constitution of the United States. As the pertinent law evolves through court decisions and/or legislation the Sheriffs will adjust their policies accordingly.
White 2
White 2
Reward now $16,000 for information leading to arrest of Dirck White in murder case (Photo) - 04/09/14
Update: Wednesday 4/9/14

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office continues to work with the U.S. Marshals to track down homicide suspect Dirck White. White is the prime suspect in the murder of Weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter on February 6th of this year.

The reward money is now $16,000 for information leading to the arrest of Dirck White. Anyone with information is urged to call the Clackamas County Sheriff's tip line - 503 723 4949, or tips can be submitted on line at

Photos of suspect and vehicle
PDF information flyer
Video clip of suspect


The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is now working with the U.S. Marshals in the manhunt for White, who is believed to have murdered Clackamas County weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter.


Attached photo/video is from footage taken of suspect Dirck White at a local store just days before the Feb. 6 murder.

If you see Dirck White or the suspect vehicle -- a four-door 2004 Mercedes 320 bearing Washington license plate ANB7070 -- call 911 immediately. Do not approach, as White is still considered armed and dangerous.


At the time of the Feb. 6 murder, White was a delivery driver for O'Malley Brothers Trucking in Estacada.

The owner and staff of O'Malley Brothers trucking have been very cooperative with investigators.

Murder victim and Clackamas County weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter had reportedly stopped Dirck White while White was driving a truck hauling wood for not having a license plate on the trailer.

Clackamas County detectives have been in contact with the Pierce County Sheriff's Office in Washington. Pierce County has an active warrant for White's arrest on a weapons charge. White is also a suspect and wanted for questioning for a sex crime regarding the rape of a child in Pierce County.


A donation fund has been set up by the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation (CCOBF). CCPOBF has no overhead fees -- 100% of donations go directly to the Waxenfelter family to help cover expenses.

Donations can be made at any Clackamas County Federal Credit Union Branch or can be mailed to CCPOBF, P.O. Box 678, Clackamas, OR 97015 -- with donations made out to "CCPOBF" with "Grady Waxenfelter Fund" in the in the memo line.

More info on the CCPOBF can be found at



Attached to this release in JPEG and PDF formats is a new suspect bulletin for homicide suspect DIRCK MORGAN WHITE -- 41 years old, from Edgewood, WA. It includes photos of the suspect and suspect vehicle, a 2004 Mercedes 320 bearing Washington license plate ANB7070.

Call 911 if you see Dirck White. He is considered armed and dangerous.

EARLIER (2/7/14, 9 a.m.)

The victim in this case has been identified as Grady Waxenfelter, a weighmaster in the Transportation Maintenance Division of Clackamas County.

Grady came to Clackamas County in 1987 as a mechanic, was promoted to senior mechanic in 1999 and served as a County weighmaster since 2005. The Sheriff's Office offers its deepest condolences to his family, friends, and co-workers.

Attached to this release are photos of the actual suspect vehicle in this case. This is a 2004 Mercedes 320 bearing the Washington license plate of ANB7070.

Please call 911 if you see this vehicle or have information regarding the whereabouts of DIRCK MORGAN WHITE. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Investigators are working around the clock to track down the suspect in this case.


On Thursday, Feb. 6 at 10:48 a.m., Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a reported shooting on Hwy. 224 near Amsigger Road outside of Barton. The shooting is considered a homicide, and suspect Dirck Morgan White -- 41, of Edgefield, WA -- is still at large and considered armed and dangerous. Tips are sought. If you see Dirck White, call 911 immediately.

At 10:48 a.m., an unknown caller contacted 911 to report a person had been fatally shot. Deputies arrived and discovered the deceased was a Clackamas County weighmaster.

At this writing, SWAT and other first responders are searching for suspect Dirck Morgan White and his vehicle -- a silver 4-door 2004 Mercedes 320 bearing the Washington license plate ANB7070. Full description below.

Deputies closed Highway 224 between Bakers Ferry Rd. (on the west side) and Hwy. 224 and 211 (on the east side), and also closed Amsigger Road while CRAFT (Crime Reconstruction and Forensic Team) and CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) responded to the crime scene. Highway 224 and Amsigger Rd are now re-opened.

Complete family notifications are still underway, and we will release the victim information at a later date.


Based on evidence gathered at the scene, a suspect has been identified. Police are searching for DIRCK MORGAN WHITE -- 41 years old, from Edgewood, WA. Suspect photos are attached. He is considered armed and dangerous. White is wanted on a weapons offense out of Pierce County, Washington.

Dirck White was last seen driving a silver 4-door 2004 Mercedes 320 bearing the Washington license plate ANB7070.

If you see homicide suspect Dirck White, do NOT engage him -- call 911 or contact your local law enforcement.
Older booking photo
Older booking photo
Update 4/2: Suspect in custody-- Clackamas County SWAT Team responds to a barricaded wanted man in Estacada. (Photo) - 04/02/14

Brandon Stavenjord -- the suspect in a March 19 SWAT call that ended when deputies learned Stavenjord fled the scene before SWAT arrival -- has been arrested following a multi-agency, multi-county pursuit.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies had been actively following up on leads on Stavenjord's whereabouts for the past couple weeks -- until last night's Portland Police pursuit offered a break in the case.

Just after midnight on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Portland Police Bureau officers attempted to stop Stavenjord in his vehicle, a purple 1994 Ford Explorer. PPB had probable cause to stop the vehicle on a theft charge unrelated to the March 19 SWAT call, in which deputies were attempting to arrest Stavenjord on a parole violation.

Stavenjord fled in his vehicle, and PPB gave chase.

The pursuit crossed into Clackamas County at 12:35 a.m.; Clackamas County dispatch advised Clackamas County Sheriff's Office units that PPB was in pursuit. Several Sheriff's Office units joined the chase.

Deputies joined the pursuit at Johnson Creek Blvd. and 92nd Ave. -- continuing on Sunnyside to 122nd Avenue, down SE 135th Avenue to SE Highway 212, then east onto Highway 224 towards Carver.

Around 12:40 a.m., one of the pursuing Sheriff's Office deputies recognized that the fleeing Ford Explorer was associated with Stavenjord, who was possibly armed.

The pursuit continued into Carver. Spike-strips were deployed in an attempt to flatten the vehicle's tires near Ely Road, but were unsuccessful.

The pursuit continued down Hwy. 211 into Estacada. Deputies finally encountered the suspect SUV spun out on the 33000 block of SE Moss Hill Road. Stavenjord was seen exiting the vehicle and fleeing into the nearby woods. Approximately 200 feet into the woods, deputies and K9s took Stavenjord into custody around 1:04 am.

Brandon Jon Stavenjord is now lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on charges of Driving While Suspended/Revoked, Attempting to Elude A Police Officer, and Parole Violation. Bail is set at $22,500. His full booking info is here:

A new booking photo is attached.




********UPDATE on Brandon Stavenjord**********

The Clackamas County Sheriff's SWAT Team did a thorough search of the residence and area only to find Mr. Stavenjord had escaped before the SWAT teams arrival.

Mr. Stavenjord is believed to have left the area by an unknown means and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has no reason to believe he is an immediate threat to area citizens.

Anyone one with information about the whereabouts of Mr. Brandon Jon Stavenjord is urged to call 911 or you can contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form at


On March 19 at 1:30 pm the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to an address on SE Tumala Mountain Rd. in rural Clackamas County in an attempt to arrest 41 year old Brandon Stavenjord who was wanted on a felony parole warrant. When deputies arrived, they learned he was inside the residence and refused to come out. Based on Mr. Stavenjords past criminal history and access to weapons the Clackamas County SWAT Team was called to the scene.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like residents in the area to know the scene is contained and they are not in any immediate danger. Would also like the residents in the area near SE. Tumala Mountain Rd and SE. Kemp to stay away due to heavy police activity.

The investigation is still ongoing and will give more updates later.
Deputy Jesse Unck, Captain Dave O'Shaughnessy, Deputy Jason Ferguson
Deputy Jesse Unck, Captain Dave O'Shaughnessy, Deputy Jason Ferguson
Aircraft-carrier friendship leads to much-needed Sheriff's Office laptop donation (Photo) - 04/02/14
A friendship on an aircraft carrier led to a donation of laptop computers by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

That donation will help a rural Montana sheriff's office write reports from the road for the first time.

On Jan. 31, 2014, Sweet Grass County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jason Ferguson, 31, and his wife Bonnie paid a visit to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. The purpose of the visit was twofold.

First, Deputy Ferguson was picking up six Panasonic ToughBook laptops, recently decommissioned and donated by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. These computers will be the first laptops issued to deputies in Sweet Grass County, located in rural southern Montana.

Second, Ferguson was visiting his old friend, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jesse Unck. Unck and Ferguson served together as Marines on the USS Nimitz as ordinance technicians -- part of four-man teams loading bombs on F-18s.

Unck and Ferguson stayed in touch after their military careers ended (Ferguson's in 2005, Unck's in 2007) and each man pursued a career in law enforcement.

The Sweet Grass Sheriff's Office is small, but covers a lot of territory -- a Sheriff, six deputies and 10 reserve deputies serve a population of just over 3,600 spread over 1,800 square miles. "A River Runs Through It" and "The Horse Whisperer" were shot in Sweet Grass County, and actor Michael Keaton has a ranch there.

"Sweet Grass deputies had no laptops before this," explained Ferguson. "The Sheriff had one and would loan it to us for, say, report-writing. But mostly, to write reports we have to come into the office and use one of our two desktop computers. Sometimes it can be a 45-minute drive just to get back to the office. We carry our own guns. We don't even have work email addresses."

Deputy Unck knew about the need, and a discussion with CCSO Laptop Administrator Maurice Boardman got the donation underway.

"I was talking to Maurice and found out we like to donate decommissioned equipment to other law agencies -- mostly local agencies, plus search-and-rescue, churches, and other organizations," said Unck.

Ferguson presented Boardman with a Sweet Grass County Sheriff's Office challenge coin as a thank-you for the donation.

Deputy Ferguson couldn't be happier. "This is going to allow us to write reports from the field," he said. "A lot of times, I'm the only one working. This is going to save us a lot of time."

Photos from Deputy Ferguson's visit are attached to this release.

To learn more about the Sweet Grass County Sheriff's Office:
George Gardea
George Gardea
UPDATED w/ CORRECT CHARGES -- 3:45 p.m. UPDATE -- VICTIM AND SUSPECT IDs -- Clackamas County Sheriff's office investigating a reported stabbing (Photo) - 03/31/14
UPDATE (March 31, 2014 3 p.m.) -- VICTIM AND SUSPECT IDs

[UPDATED: The charge is Murder, not Homicide. Amended below.]

The victim in this case has been identified as Marcos Fielder, age 21, from Portland. The Clackamas County Medical Examiner has identified the cause of death as homicide from multiple sharp force injuries.

The suspect in this case is George Gardea, age 24, from Portland. He has been booked into the Clackamas County Jail on charges of Murder, Assault in the 1st Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. This is a no-bail charge. A booking photo is attached.

The suspect and victim were not known to each other prior to today. They reportedly met at a party and at some point were involved in an altercation.


EARLIER 3/31 6:15am:

The stabbing victim in this case is deceased. The identity will be released at a later time. Detectives have a person of interest detained for questioning. Investigators are still on scene processing the crime scene and interviewing witnesses.

The incident occurred at a party with several people in attendance.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #14-8484.



On 03-30-14 at about 11:52 pm, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a disturbance in the area of 9009 SE Causey Ave. The caller reported that someone had been stabbed. Responding deputies arrived and located one injured man, whose name and condition are not being released at this time.

Based on witness accounts, the suspect fled to a nearby apartment. Law enforcement professionals surrounded the apartment and tried to make contact with the suspect as he was seen exiting. The suspect did not interact with the police, and barricaded himself inside. The Clackamas County SWAT team has been called out and is currently working to resolve the situation.

Detectives are investigating this developing situation, and no additional information is available at this time.
Attached Media Files: George Gardea
Suspect Travis Andrew Wyatt, age 19
Suspect Travis Andrew Wyatt, age 19
UPDATE 2 (3/27): Suspects in custody-- Wilsonville PD looking for two masked robbers; tips sought (Photo) - 03/27/14
UPDATE 2 Thursday March 27th 8:30pm--

The suspects in the Wilsonville robberies are in custody lodged at the Clackamas County Jail.

This evening around 6:00 pm the Wilsonville robbery suspects ANDREW SANDFORD GOSSETT age 20 and
TRAVIS ANDREW WYATT age 19 turned themselves in to the Clackamas County Jail.

Both were booked on charges of Robbery in the 1st degree, Assault in the 2nd degree, and Kidnapping in the 1st degree. The total bail is set at $500,000.

The Wilsonville Police Department would like to thank the public for the tips provided in this case.



Wilsonville Police have identified the suspects in two robberies near the 26000 block of Canyon Creek Road in Wilsonville, and warrants for their arrest have been issued. The public is urged to call 911 if they see the suspects.

After a thorough investigation by Wilsonville Police, two suspects have been identified and warrants for their arrest have been issued by the courts. Both suspects face charges of Robbery in the 1st Degree, Assault in the 2nd Degree, and Kidnapping in the 1st Degree.

- Suspect #1 has been identified as Andrew Sandford Gossett, age 20. He is described as a white male about 6 feet tall, 140 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes.

- Suspect #2 had been identified as Travis Andrew Wyatt, age 19. He is described as a white male about 6 feet tall, 140 lbs., with light brown hair.

Photos of the suspects are attached.

These subjects should be considered armed and dangerous. If seen, do NOT approach -- call 911.


EARLIER (MARCH 24, 2014)

Around 7 a.m. today (Monday, March 24, 2014), two masked suspects allegedly robbed two different victims near the 26000 block of Canyon Creek Road in Wilsonville. Wilsonville Police are seeking tips from the public in these cases.

In the first robbery, the two suspects -- who were wearing dark-colored hoodies and bandanas as masks -- approached the male victim in a parking lot near the 26000 block of Canyon Creek Road. The suspects demanded that the victim empty his pockets, took an undisclosed amount of cash and other items, and fled on foot.

Detectives with Wilsonville PD later learned of a second robbery near the same location around the same time. In this incident, another male victim was robbed and assaulted.

The suspects are described as follows:

- One is 6'4", one 6'2"
- Wearing dark-colored hoodies
- Faces covered with bandanas
- Suspects approximately in their early 20s
- Race unknown

The victims are not available for interviews at this time.

Three Clackamas County cities -- Damascus, Happy Valley, and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.


If you see these suspects or know of their current whereabouts, do NOT approach or attempt to contact them -- call 911.

If you have any other information on the suspects, contact us using our Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at .
Update 2: Missing Molalla Woman found in the Wilderness Outside Scotts Mills - 03/27/14
UPDATE 2 Thursday March 27th 8pm--

At approximately 3:00 pm on Thursday March 27th, searchers found JANICE LYNN ERNEST deceased near Butte Creek Rd outside Scotts Mills.

Ms. Ernest has been the subject of an exhaustive search of the area after her car was found abandoned on March 24th. Ms. Ernest had been reported missing from her Molalla home on Sunday, March 16th at 8:30 am.

The Sheriff's Office offers its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Ernest. We also want to thank the volunteers who donated many hours to this search.

Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinators from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office have been in the area searching since her car was found. SAR Coordinators were assisted by the Oregon Army National Guard, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, Portland Mountain Rescue, Mountain Wave Communications, Washington and Marion County Search and Rescue resources, Oregon State Police and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

Clackamas County SAR Coordinators also want to thank the public for the tips they provided. Citizen tips and media coverage were instrumental in helping them to focus their search in what is a very dense wilderness area. Without citizen tips, searchers would not have had a place to start.

No signs of foul play were discovered in this case.



Clackamas County Sheriff's Search and Rescue coordinators recently confirmed reports that JANICE LYNN ERNEST was last seen on Friday, March 14.

Earlier today (Wednesday, March 26), deputies contacted a couple working on some property in the search area. When contacted during the search, the couple positively identified Ms. Ernest from a photograph. The couple told deputies she was seen walking down Butte Creek Road near Scotts Mills on Friday, March 14.

The couple said Ms. Ernest appeared to be walking fine, and looked a bit dirty, as if she had been walking in the woods. She reportedly actively avoided direct contact with the couple that had seen her.

The Sheriff's Office is asking residents of the Scotts Mills area to be on the lookout for Ms. Ernest. Please check any storage sheds, barns or other outbuildings, in case she sought shelter in the area.

NOTE TO MEDIA: The couple who provided the information do not reside in the area and are not available for interviews.



EARLIER (March 24, 2014):

Last night (Sunday, March 23, 2014), authorities were alerted to a suspicious vehicle near the 16000 block of Butte Creek Road near Molalla.

Upon further investigation, police found it to be the vehicle belonging to JANICE LYNN ERNEST -- a person previously reported as missing/endangered by the Molalla Police Department (see previous release below). The vehicle was found unoccupied.

It is believed Janice Ernest may have wandered into the forest area near where the vehicle was found. Clackamas County Sheriff's Search & Rescue (SAR) Coordinators responded to the scene.

SAR Coordinators have been working with the Oregon Army National Guard, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, Portland Mountain Rescue, Washington County, and Marion County resources to aid in the search.

Searchers plan to work until dark and resume operations tomorrow.

A photo of Janice Lynn Ernest is attached to this release.


UPDATE: The Molalla Police Department is still trying to locate Ernest. New information leads us to believe she could have gone to the Vancouver, Washington area. Ernest has not been on her medications for at least a week and will most likely be easily confused and disoriented. If she is seen please call your local law enforcement agency Clackamas County non-emergency at 503-655-8211.

On Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. JANICE LYNN ERNEST was reported missing from her Molalla, Oregon home.

The 62-year-old woman was last seen Thursday, March 13, 2014 at her residence. Although foul play is not suspected at this time, Ernest suffers from bipolar disorder and is believed to be off of her medication. Both she and her vehicle are missing.

Janice Ernest is described as a white female, 62 years old, approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall, 125 pounds, with sandy brown hair and blue eyes. No clothing description available.

Ernest may be driving her 2005 white Buick Rendezvous, Oregon license plate 969BWX. It is believed that she does not have her cell phone with her at this time and recent circumstances indicate she may not be able to find her way home without assistance.

To report information or further details call the Non-Emergency Dispatch number at 503-655-8211. Refer to Molalla Police Case # 14-0474.