All subjects have been located. Both parents are in custody and the children are in custody of DHS as per ordered by the courts.
Please reference CCSO Case #16-34713
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips from the public as it looks for two missing/endangered children believed to be in the custody of a wanted subject.
On Dec. 14, 2016, Shyann Scott (age 4) and Zander Scott (age 4 weeks) were placed into temporary Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) custody after a court hearing in Clackamas County. However, the parents of the children -- Derrick Scott, 25, and Meghan Wilson, 30 -- have not turned them over to DHS, and reportedly fled the location they were supposed to be staying at in Clackamas County.
Meghan Wilson currently has a felony warrant for absconding on a meth-possession charge, and there are Warrants for Custody issued by Clackamas County Circuit Court for the two children.
Photos of Meghan Wilson, Derrick Scott, and Shyann Scott are attached to this release.
Investigators believe Derrick Scott and Meghan Wilson may be staying at an unknown location in the Rockwood area, and possibly driving a red unknown make pickup truck with a white canopy and unknown WA license plates.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Meghan Wilson, Derrick Scott, and/or Shyann and Zander Scott is urged to call the Sheriff's Office Non-Emergency Line at 503-655-8211. Tips can also be sent using the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case #16-34713.
**UPDATE*** Missing Person case now being investigated as a Homicide
UPDATE (Monday, Jan. 9, 2017) -- VICTIM ID; TIPS SOUGHT IN MERRILEE COOLEY HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION
Please reference CCSO Case # 16-35366
The Medical Examiner's Office has completed its examination of the body found in the trunk of the Kia Optima.
The body has been identified as that of Merrilee Bonnie Cooley, 68, owner of the Kia Optima.
The Medical Examiner's Office has determined that the cause of death was homicide.
Detectives are now investigating this case as a homicide.
Ms. Cooley's family reported her missing under suspicious circumstances on Wednesday, Dec. 28. At approximately 9:45 p.m. on Thursday Jan. 5, 2017, Milwaukie Police officers found Cooley's missing Kia Optima in an apartment complex near SE Lark St. and SE Whitcomb Dr. in the City of Milwaukie. Her body was located in the trunk.
TIPS SOUGHT: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives are seeking tips in this homicide investigation. Anyone with information on Merrilee Cooley's death or her recent whereabouts is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using our online form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . please reference CCSO Case # 16-35366.
**EARLIER - MEDIA ONLY***
The autopsy of Ms. Cooley is scheduled for this afternoon. I will have an update following the results of the autopsy. As of 0630 this morning, there are no investigative updates.
EARLIER (January 6, 2017, 12:46 a.m.) -- VEHICLE, BODY LOCATED; BODY ID PENDING
At approximately 9:45 p.m. on Thursday January 5, 2017, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives learned that Milwaukie Police officers had located the missing Kia Optima belonging to Merrilee B. Cooley in an apartment complex near SE Lark St. and SE Whitcomb Dr. in the City of Milwaukie.
Detectives responded to the scene -- and located a body of an elderly female, believed to be Ms. Cooley, in the trunk of the vehicle.
Positive identification of the body is pending, and will be made by the Medical Examiner's Office.
Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators will be processing the crime scene through the night.
I will be in contact with Detectives in the morning and will release information as soon as I get it, most likely no sooner than 7am.
Please reference CCSO Case # 16-35366
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips as it looks for a missing endangered adult woman who disappeared on or shortly after Dec. 26.
Merrilee Bonnie Cooley, 68, was last seen on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. Her family reported her missing under suspicious circumstances on Wednesday, Dec. 28.
Cooley's 2010 black Kia Optima (Oregon license plate 126FGC) is also missing.
Merrilee Bonnie Cooley is 68 years old. She is white, weighs 200 lbs. and stands 5'01".
A bulletin is attached. It contains a photo of Cooley and a photo of a similar Kia Optima.
Anyone with information on Cooley's whereabouts is urged to call the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Non-Emergency Line at 503-655-8211. The public can also leave tips at 503-723-4949 or by using our online form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp -- please reference CCSO Case # 16-35366.
UPDATE: Video of the suspect being brought in by the Sheriff's Marine Patrol following the pursuit is here (.mov format):
EARLIER. Video did not attach per FlashAlert, working on getting a link so that media may have the video.
On December 29, 2016, at approximately 9:53am Clackamas County Sheriff's Office attempted to pull over a 2008 Toyota Rav4 because the vehicle was reported as being stolen in Clackamas County earlier in the day. A vehicle pursuit ensued that eventually ended in the City of West Linn. The suspect, John W. Victor, 27 year old male, then fled on foot and ran towards the Willamette River.
CCSO Marine Deputies, along with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue personnel, were able to locate the suspect in the Willamette river, near the bank. CCSO was able to take Mr. Victor into custody and transport him to shore where he was released to AMR and then transported to a local hospital to be treated for hypothermia. Assisting the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office was the Oregon State Police, West Linn Police Department, Gladstone Police Department, Oregon City Police Department, TVF&R and AMR.
As of 1:50pm, Mr. Victor is still being treated at a local hospital, updates to follow when available.
Attached is video of Mr. Victor being taken into custody and transported via a CCSO marine vessel to the shore.
During the Holiday Season the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will be participating in a National event with the emphasis of reducing impaired driver crashes. From December 28th to January 3rd, 2016 the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will be providing extra patrol Deputies on the roadways whose goal will be impaired driver enforcement. The hope of these deputies will be to find impaired drivers and arrest them, thus taking them off the road with the hope of reducing the chance of an impaired driver caused traffic fatality or crash. This is part of a National effort to reduce impaired driving incidents in the hope that no family's holiday season will be devastated by the loss of a loved one due to an impaired driver.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2014 there were 9,967 people killed in impaired driving crashes, which amounts to 1 alcohol impaired traffic fatality every 53 minutes. At the National level this unfortunately still accounts for 31 percent of traffic fatalities in 2014, and is especially sad because this is a completely preventable tragedy.
The men and women of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens across Oregon, that everyone can play a role in preventing impaired drivers. If you or those around you drink alcohol and/or consume other impairing substances, such as marijuana, please make responsible transportation plans. If you witness impaired driving, don't hesitate to report it to your local authorities; it may save a life.
Please enjoy your time with friends and family this upcoming holiday.