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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue on Mt. Hood **Update* - 05/01/16

The lost hiker has found his way to safety. The hiker is not injured but tired. All rescuers are now coming of the mountain. No further updates to follow.


On May 1, 2016, at approximately 0943hrs Clackamas County Sheriff's Office received a report of a lost hiker on Mt. Hood. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue personnel have been in contact via a cell phone with the lost hiker, a 24 year old male from Vancouver WA, who indicated that he is not injured, just exhausted. CCSO Search and Rescue personnel, along with Portland Mountain Rescue and Mt. Wave Search and Rescue are currently working together to locate and escort the hiker to safety. Updates to follow.

**Media staging area is Timberline Lodge parking lot**
UPDATE w/ BOOKING PHOTO: Deputies intervene in attempted open-air safecracking; safe stolen from OC Preschool (Photo) - 04/28/16
[UPDATE: A booking photo of Darryl Aaron Tasco is attached. Total bail is set at $22,500.]

At about 11:57 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2016, Clackamas County Justice Court employees were outside their building on the east side of the Clackamas Town Center property. While they were outside, the employees observed suspicious behavior by a subject near the bike path that runs parallel to I-205.

The subject appeared to be breaking into a safe. In the open air. By the bike path.

The Justice Court employees summoned Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputy Middleton, who is assigned to provide security at Justice Court.

Deputy Middleton directed Patrol deputies to the area, where they discovered the subject.

Deputies apprehended the individual -- and found that the subject was, in fact, breaking into a safe.

As this incident was underway, Oregon City Police Officer Crivellone was clearing a call of a burglary from the Oregon City Preschool, located at 718 6th Street in Oregon City. Officer Crivellone heard the call over the shared radio channel used by many Clackamas County police agencies -- and quickly realized that the safe found outdoors sounded like the safe reported stolen from an overnight burglary for which he had just taken a call.

Further investigation by deputies and officers revealed that the safe along the bike path was the same that had been stolen from the school.

Arrested was Darryl Aaron Tasco, 55, of Delaware. Tasco was booked into the Clackamas County Jail on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree and Theft in the Second Degree. Tasco is also being detained on a fugitive warrant.

Photos of the arrest area and a checkbook retrieved from the stolen safe are attached.

Please reference CCSO Case # 16-1416 and OCPD Case # 16-11377


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Suspect Vehicle #3
Suspect Vehicle #3
UPDATE -- FALSE REPORT: Happy Valley PD determines April 24 crime not burglary; 18-year-old faces false report, prostitution charges (Photo) - 04/26/16

On Monday, April 25, 2016, Happy Valley Police continued its investigation into the previously reported "home-invasion burglary" on April 24 -- and learned that far different crimes had occurred at the residence.

Happy Valley Police found evidence that indicated the initial reports provided were inaccurate.

Investigators learned that the homeowner's son -- Ethan Kwon, age 18, of Happy Valley -- in fact invited the female seen in the surveillance video into the home.

Mr. Kwon was charged with initiating a false report and patronizing a prostitute.

Authorities are still working to identify the female seen in the surveillance video.

No booking photo of Mr. Kwon is available at this time.


EARLIER RELEASE: Happy Valley PD investigating mid-afternoon burglary; suspect video available; tips sought

Please reference CCSO case # 16-10924

UPDATE -- Surveillance video (.mp4 format):

At approximately 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2016, deputies with the Happy Valley Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the area of SE Mia Garden Dr. and SE 152nd Ave. in Happy Valley, on a report of a residential burglary that had occurred around 1 p.m.

The homeowner, who wishes to remain anonymous, was reporting that she had returned home to discover that there was money missing from a nightstand located in an upstairs bedroom.

The homeowner's 18-year-old son had been home while she was gone -- but stated he didn't remember anything suspicious that had occurred.

The homeowner elected to review her home security system -- and discovered that at approximately 1 p.m., an unknown female had entered her home through an unlocked front door.

The suspect casually entered the victim's home and proceeded to steal over $200 in a period of about eight minutes.

The homeowner's son was in his bedroom listening to music through headphones at the time of the burglary, unaware there was a stranger inside the home.

After the suspect collected the cash, she casually exited the house and left the area via her vehicle.

Attached to this release are four photographs of the vehicle the suspect arrived and left in, and one photograph of the suspect entering the home. Surveillance video clips of the suspect and her vehicle can be downloaded from this Dropbox link:


The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Happy Valley PD are asking the public to please come forward with any information that may lead to the identification and prosecution of the suspect.

Anyone with information on the identity of this suspect is urged to contact us using our Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at . Please reference CCSO Case # 16-10924.

Additionally, the victims have expressed that they wish to not be contacted by the media, and all inquiries should be sent through the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Public Information Office.

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


News-release archive:

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Deputy Hayden Sanders
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Drug turn-in flyer (JPEG)
Drug turn-in flyer (JPEG)
No-questions-asked 'Prescription Drug Take-Back' set for this Saturday, April 30 (Photo) - 04/26/16
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" this Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Safety Training Center (12700 SE 82nd Ave., Clackamas, OR 97015).

Map to drop-off point:

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's important to dispose of them safely after they're 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.

If you can't make the April 30 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


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Deputies Investigate Off-Duty Portland Police Officer DUII Crash - 04/25/16
At approximately 1:30pm on Monday, April 25, 2016, Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Happy Valley Police Department responded to a traffic crash near the intersection of SE 172nd Ave. and SE Big Timber Ct. in Clackamas, OR. Callers were reporting that a black colored car had been driving at a high rate of speed, when it collided with a red pickup and rolled over.

Deputies arrived on scene with medical personnel from the Clackamas Fire District to render aid and begin an investigation into the crash. Deputies learned the black colored car was owned by the city of Portland. The vehicle was being operated by, Daniel Chastain, who is currently employed by the city of Portland as a police officer.

Initial indications revealed excessive speed and alcohol as possible contributing factors to the crash. The Clackamas County Crash Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. Deputies conducted a thorough DUII investigation and developed probable cause to believe Mr. Chastain had been operating his vehicle while intoxicated. Mr. Chastain was placed under arrest for DUII and transported to a local hospital for medical evaluation as a precaution.

Mr. Chastain was subsequently cited and released on four charges; DUII-alcohol, reckless driving, reckless endangering, and criminal mischief in the first degree. No booking photo is available of Mr. Chastain. The case will be submitted to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for review.
Suspect - Austin T. Cook
Suspect - Austin T. Cook
Sheriff's Office reunites stolen bicycles with Thai exchange students (Photo) - 04/25/16
Students available for media interviews

Please reference CCSO Case # 16-10913

At approximately 2:37 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2016, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the area of the Oak Grove Fred Meyer after an employee reported that a man stole two customers' bicycles that were parked at a bicycle rack in front of the store.

The employee followed the suspect as he drove away in a red Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Deputies arrived within about two minutes -- and contacted the suspect as he walked around his parked car in a residential neighborhood close to the Fred Meyer.

The suspect was identified as Austin Taylor Cook, 33, of Washington.

The bicycles were plainly seen in the utility portion of the Mr. Cook's Jeep, along with drug paraphernalia around the interior.

After Mr. Cook gave deputies consent to search the Jeep, the bicycles and a helmet were recovered, along with drug paraphernalia and a small amount of methamphetamine.

Mr. Cook initially told deputies he purchased the bicycles at another local store, but eventually told deputies he stole the bicycles to potentially sell them to get money for gasoline and/or drugs.

Mr. Cook was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of Theft II and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). Mr. Cook's complete booking information can be found here:

A representative of the bicycles' rightful owners contacted the Sheriff's Office that same day, after seeing pictures of the bicycles on the Sheriff's Office Twitter account ( ).

The next day the lead investigating deputy met with the bikes' owners -- who turned out to be exchange students from Thailand living and working in the Milwaukie area. Arrangements were made for the bicycles to be returned to them. They were reportedly grateful and excited their bicycles had been recovered.

A booking photo of Austin Cook is attached to this release, as are photos of the stolen bicycles.


The bicycles' owners are willing to speak with the media and their contact information can be obtained by contacting the Sheriff's Office PIO at

Please reference CCSO Case # 16-10913.


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Derek Clark
Derek Clark
UPDATED w/ B-ROLL VIDEO: Sheriff's Office hosts 17th annual Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit April 19-22; contact PIO for interview opportunities (Photo) - 04/25/16

B-roll video from the Summit can now be downloaded from this Dropbox link:

The B-roll includes sound bites from Sheriff Craig Roberts and speaker, activist and former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy -- plus footage (without sound) of the audience and assorted speakers and presenters.

Information on Sheldon Kennedy and the Summit is below.

EARLIER (April 13, 2016)

The 2016 Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit starts Tuesday, April 19 and ends Friday, April 22 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. Brian Jensen for details.

Special events at this year's Summit include:

- A Wednesday, April 20 screening of 'Swift Current' (84 minutes) -- which tells the story of former NHL hockey player Sheldon Kennedy, who was sexually abused by his junior hockey coach and has gone on to become one of the world's leading advocates for victims of child abuse. Kennedy will also give a keynote speech at the conference on April 20.

- A Thursday, April 21 fundraiser for Camp HOPE, a camping and mentoring program provides children ages 6-15 who have been exposed to domestic and sexual violence with the opportunity to get outdoors, play, and have fun. The fundraiser will feature an appearance by Camp HOPE and Family Justice Center founder Casey Gwinn, who is also delivering a keynote at the Summit on April 21.

Other keynote speakers at this year's Summit include motivational speaker and trainer Derek Clark of ; and Sharon W. Cooper, MD, FAAP, a retired Air Force colonel and CEO of Developmental & Forensic Pediatric, PA -- a consulting firm that provides medical care, research, training and expert witness experience in child-maltreatment cases, as well as medical care for children with disabilities.

The Sheriff's Office is also working to schedule interviews with experts from the conference for its Facebook Live feed. Keep an eye on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page ( ) 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.

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

Direct links to more info:

Full Summit conference notebook, with detailed session descriptions and more:

Tuesday, April 19 schedule:

Wednesday, April 20 schedule:

Thursday, April 21 schedule:

Friday, April 22 schedule:

Speaker bios:

Media should contact Sheriff's Office PIO Sgt. Brian Jensen for interview inquiries.


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Early morning high speed chase - 04/21/16
On April 21, 2016 at approximately 4:40am Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop a 1997 Honda Accord that had switched plates belonging to a 1992 Toyota Camry on SE McLoughlin Blvd. near SE Concord Rd. in unincorporated Clackamas County. Following an approximate 12 minute chase where speed reached approximately 75 miles per hour, the vehicle stopped on its own accord.
The operator, identified as James R. Williams, a 35 year old male, from Oregon City was taken into custody. Shortly after detaining Mr. Williams, he began sweating profusely and then began to convulse. Medics responded code 3 and transported Mr. Williams to St. Vincent Hospital where he is last known to be in ICU. It is believed Mr. Williams may have ingested drugs before his arrest.
Charges include Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine, Reckless Driving, Attempt to Elude a Police Officer, and a Felony warrant for a Parole Violation.
2 Year old falls from window. ** Update** - 04/20/16

The 2 year old that fell from the 3rd story is in stable condition at OHSU. There was a 5 year old that fell out of the same window prior to the 2 year old falling that sustained 'very minor injuries' according to Detectives. Both falls have been determined to be accidental.

On April 20, 2016 at approximately 5:10pm Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office along with AMR and Clackamas Fire personnel responded to Sequoia Village located at 11236 SE Causey Circle, Happy Valley OR on a report of a 2 year who had fallen out of a window.
It was determined that a 2 year old had fallen out of a 3rd story window onto a 2nd story wooden deck. Life Flight was approximately 1/2 hour away therefore the child was transported to OHSU by AMR ambulance.
CCSO Detectives are enroute to investigate.
Deputies don aprons for Special Olympics during Thursday's 'Tip-A-Cop' event at Clackamas Claim Jumper (Photo) - 04/19/16
Clackamas County law-enforcement personnel will trade their badges for aprons at the Claim Jumper Restaurant & Saloon in Clackamas as part of a special "Tip-A-Cop" event benefiting Special Olympics this Thursday, April 21.

Deputies and police officers will collect tips and help serve restaurant guests from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday. The Clackamas Claim Jumper is located at 9085 SE Sunnyside Rd., Clackamas, OR 97015.

Participating Tip-a-Cop restaurants either match patron tips or donate a percentage of their tips to Special Olympics during the fundraiser.

Media outlets are invited to drop by for interviews and photos with local law enforcement and Special Olympics athletes and representatives.

A flyer for the event is attached in PDF and JPEG formats.


Special Olympics Oregon serves the largest disability population in the state. Special Olympics Oregon provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Special Olympics Oregon is Training for Life.

"Tip-A-Cop" is part of the annual "Law Enforcement Torch Run" (LETR) campaign for Special Olympics. LETR -- which includes an international series of relay runs and special events like Tip-A-Cop -- is presented by more than 144,000 law enforcement officers worldwide to help raise money and public awareness for Special Olympics. LETR is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics; funds raised go directly to local programs in states or countries where the funds are generated.

To learn more about the Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign:

To learn more about Special Olympics Oregon:


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Shooting at Motel 6--Suspect Arrested in Shooting (Photo) - 04/13/16

Detectives and criminalists were called to the scene of last night's Motel 6 parking-lot shooting. At about 2:36 a.m., while still conducting their investigation, detectives saw a vehicle with a headlight out. The vehicle's description matched that of the suspect vehicle -- described in witness statements as being associated with the shooting suspect who drove into the parking lot of the Motel 6.

A detective attempted to contact the driver of the vehicle, but the vehicle did not stop and sped away -- fleeing the scene in the wrong direction on a one-way street.

Portland Police units in the area quickly located the vehicle and a short pursuit ensued.

The vehicle crashed in the area of SE 92nd Ave and SE Holgate in Portland, Oregon. Two of the occupants of the vehicle then fled on foot.

A perimeter was established and a PPB officer located a 17-year-old juvenile suspect nearby. That juvenile was found in possession of a firearm. Another firearm was located in the crashed vehicle. The juvenile was turned over to juvenile authorities.

Two females were also found in the car. One was arrested on a warrant and the other was interviewed and released.

Judge John Frederick Edwards, age 18, of Portland, was located in the area by a police canine. He is the suspect in the shooting of the man in the parking lot of the Motel 6. It bears mentioning that Mr. Edwards' first name is Judge and this is not a title.

He was lodged on one count each of Assault in the First Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Bail was set at $265,000 Suspect Judge Edwards' complete booking info is here:

This investigation is still underway as investigators gather additional evidence and interview witnesses.

A booking photo of the suspect is attached.


EARLIER RELEASE (Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 11:47 p.m.)

On April 12, 2016, at approximately 10:29pm deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to 12855 SE 97th Ave., Clackamas OR (Motel 6) on a report of a male shot in the parking lot. Upon arrival, deputies found an unidentified male who had been shot in the parking lot with non-life threatening injuries. The unidentified male has been taken to a local hospital where he is being treated.

Detectives are currently on scene conducting an investigation. At this time there is no suspect description nor is there a suspect vehicle description. The investigation is continuing.
Attached Media Files: Edwards
UPDATE -- ROAD RE-OPENED: Sheriff's Office responds to fatal motorcycle crash on Springwater Rd.; deceased rider identified; road closed for investigation (Photo) - 04/11/16
UPDATE (11:46 a.m.) -- Springwater Road is now re-opened. Please drive carefully.

EARLIER (Monday, April 11, 2016, 11:39 a.m.)

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and Medical Examiner's Office are responding to a fatal single-vehicle motorcycle accident on the 16000 block of Springwater Rd.

The deceased rider -- identified as Floyd L. Miles, 39, of Estacada -- had been missing since last night. His motorcycle and body were found this morning by friends and family.

Family notifications have been completed.

The Clackamas County Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) is responding with a FARO scanner to reconstruct the crash scene. At this writing it appears that the motorcycle went off the roadway. To learn more about CRAFT, click here:

Springwater Road is currently closed at the 16000 block. We will post an update when the road has been re-opened.

Live video reports from the scene have been posted by PIO Sgt. Brian Jensen on our Periscope feed ( ) and using Facebook Live (at )

Photos from the scene are also attached to this release.


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Deputies make arrest after PlayStation purchase turns into alleged park robbery (Photo) - 04/11/16
Please reference CCSO Case # 16-9507

At approximately 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 10, 2016, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the report of a robbery that had just occurred at a small park in an unincorporated neighborhood in Clackamas County.

The victim -- Demarcus Preston, 46, of Portland -- told deputies he had made arrangements online and over the phone to purchase a Sony PlayStation from the suspect. They agreed to meet at the park, located at 7510 SE Thiessen Rd.

When Preston met the suspect at the park, he found the PlayStation box empty -- and the suspect was reportedly pointing a gun at him.

Preston told authorities that he was able to disarm the suspect -- but the suspect retrieved his gun from the ground before fleeing the scene.

Deputies investigated -- and determined the identity and location of the suspect.

The suspect -- Keenan O'Shea Lee, 18, of Milwaukie -- was taken into custody near the same park that afternoon without incident. When Lee was arrested, he was in possession of an empty PlayStation box, a concealed loaded pistol and a ski mask.

Keenan's Lee's complete booking info is here:

Bail is set at $280,000.

Photos of the suspect and seized items are attached.

A reminder from the Sheriff's Office: If you chose to purchase items second-hand via the internet or other sources, take caution while doing so. Choose a location to meet in a public place where you feel safe. Take a friend with you, if possible. Be aware of your surroundings, and examine the product to make sure it's what you agreed to buy.


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Arson arrest made in Mulino fire. - 04/05/16
On April 4, 2016, at approximately 9:55pm the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to an unwanted call at 25945 S. El Dorado Rd., Mulino OR. Shortly after leaving after assisting tenants leave the property, Sheriff's Office personnel were called back because of a fire on the property.

Upon returning, deputies found a barn fully engulfed in flames. The size and nature of the fire required an evacuation of nearby residents. Molalla and Colton Fire Departments responded and worked the fire. The barn is a total loss.

Deputies were able to contact and arrest Justin F. Smith, 37yoa, from Mulino Oregon. Mr. Smith was transported to the Clackamas County Jail where he was lodged on 1 count of Arson I and 1 count of Criminal Mischief I.

There is no photo available at this time.
Sheriff's Office K9 Grimm visits 'Grimm' set; video available (Photo) - 04/04/16
B-ROLL VIDEO: K9 Grimm meets 'Grimm' cast (mp4 format):

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has a new K9, Grimm -- and last week Grimm and his deputy had a chance to visit the set of NBC's GRIMM, shot and produced in Portland. Photos and videos from the set visit are available.

Grimm, a Dutch Shepherd (named by his trainer), joined the Sheriff's Office K9 team this winter, after returning from training with his handler Deputy Erik McGlothin. Grimm replaces Deputy McGlothin's former K9, Max who was forced to medically retire last year.

Now in its fifth season, "Grimm" is a fantasy/drama series in which a Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) battles monsters straight out of Grimm's Fairy Tales.

"The set was very cool and everyone was over-the-top friendly," said Deputy McGlothin. "I work Friday nights, so now I'm DVR-ing the show."

During the March 28 set visit, Deputy McGlothin and K9 Grimm were able to tour the show's sets and meet numerous members of the cast and production staff.

Cast members Bitsie Tulloch (Juliette/Eve) and Jacqueline Toboni (Trubel) also posed for photos and video with Grimm. Tulloch posted a photo from Grimm's visit to her Instagram ( ) and Twitter account ( ). Additional photos of the meeting are attached.

Video: B-roll of Grimm's visit with Tulloch and Toboni -- and K9 Grimm meeting Tulloch's French Bulldog Henry -- can be found here:


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Clackamas County Dive Rescue Unit Logo
Clackamas County Dive Rescue Unit Logo
21 year-old Male Drowns at High Rocks Park (Photo) -Drowning victim identified- - 04/04/16
The drowning victim of yesterdays drowning at High Rocks in Oregon City has been identified as Jeffrey Y. Fleshler, 21yoa, of SW Portland. Mr. Fleshler was pronounced dead at the scene after being removed from the water by dive rescue personnel.

On April 3rd, 2016 at approximately 4:17pm, deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a male underwater in the area of High Rocks Park in Gladstone, Oregon. Officers with the Gladstone Police Department and the Oregon City Police Department also responded to the scene to assist. First responders arrived on scene approximately two minutes after being dispatched, but were unable to locate the subject. Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit and Dive Rescue Unit arrived on scene a short time later and performed a comprehensive search for the subject.

At approximately 1800 hours, a diver with the Clackamas County Dive Rescue Unit located the subject near the location he was last seen above water; the subject was deceased at the time he was located. The subject was recovered and transported to the Meldrum Bar boat ramp, where the Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office conducted their investigation. The subject has since been positively identified as a 21 year-old male from Portland, Oregon.

The identity of the deceased is not being released until family notifications have been completed. The cause of the drowning is still under investigation.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to remind people to exercise extreme caution while around public waterways as the weather improves, and that lifejackets save lives. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would also like to thank the Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium for their assistance, as well as the Lake Oswego Fire Department, the Gladstone Fire Department, the Clackamas Fire District, American Medical Response, the Oregon City Police Department and the Gladstone Police Department. To learn more about the Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium, please visit