UPDATE (Oct. 24, 2016) -- NATIONAL STATS UPDATE
Additional national stats from the DV Warrant Sweep, as of Oct. 21, 2016:
Nationwide, we had 1,645 law-enforcement personnel (and 1,663 participants total) from 441 agencies from 45 states participating in the SWEEP. Over 6,000 domestic-violence warrants were attempted and 1,202 warrants were served.
More detailed stat breakdowns are attached. A note on the regional breakdowns in the graph:
- West Pacific: Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington
- West Mountain: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho*, Montana, Wyoming*, New Mexico, Nevada
- Midwest Central: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota
- Mideast Central: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin
- South Central: Alabama, Arkansas*, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi*, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas
- Southeast: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
- Northwest: Connecticut, Delaware*, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington DC
*indicates this is first year the state has participated
Thank you to all 1,663 participants this year for making the event an enormous success.
EARLIER (October 20th, 2016 2:18 PM)
Attached: 2016 DV Sweep Clackamas County mugshots (PDF format, 5 pages)
LOCAL PARTICIPATION STATS:
PARTICIPATING CLACKAMAS COUNTY AGENCIES:
- Canby Police Department
- Clackamas County Community Corrections
- Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
- Clackamas County Communications (C-COM)
- Gladstone Police Department
- Happy Valley Police Department
- Molalla Police Department
- Oregon City Police Department
- Wilsonville Police Department
- Local federal partner, the U.S. Marshals Service, Portland District.
CLACKAMAS COUNTY RESULTS:
- 173 warrant attempts
- 14 arrests; at this writing 14 Clackamas County warrants served
- 37 local law-enforcement members participating
On Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) worked with agencies throughout Oregon -- as well as agencies across the country -- to arrest persons with outstanding family-violence warrants. Locally, they conducted a total of 173 arrest warrant service attempts.
By 10 p.m. Wednesday, this massive enforcement effort resulted in the arrests of 14 men and women brought to the Clackamas County Jail on existing arrest warrants. A 5-page PDF of Clackamas County mugshots and arrest charges from yesterday's DV sweep is attached. (These figures may be updated as more agencies report in.)
Local agencies that participated in Clackamas County included police departments from Canby, Gladstone, Oregon City, Wilsonville, Happy Valley and Molalla, as well as the U.S. Marshals Service and Clackamas County Community Corrections.
Nationwide, the 14th Annual Family Violence Apprehension Detail included over 400 county sheriffs' offices, police departments, probation departments, and community agencies from 45 states. All agencies served outstanding arrest warrants -- with charges ranging from harassment to murder.
This collaborative effort, commonly known as the SWEEP, helps raise awareness of the problem of family and domestic violence in our communities. It also demonstrates to offenders that they will be held accountable for their violence.
In a pre-SWEEP briefing at the Public Safety Training Center, Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts spoke to law-enforcement personnel and the media, along with Destiny, a survivor of domestic violence.
For more information on DVERT, click here:
For more information on Domestic Violence Awareness Month, click here:
To see the SWEEP invite sent to law-enforcement agencies across the country earlier this year, click here:
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STATS
According to a 2010 report from the CDC:
- More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- Among victims of intimate partner violence, more than 1 in 3 women experienced multiple forms of rape, stalking, or physical violence; 92.1% of male victims experienced physical violence alone, and 6.3% experienced physical violence and stalking.
- Nearly 1 in 10 women in the United States (9.4%) has been raped by an intimate partner in her lifetime, and an estimated 16.9% of women and 8.0% of men have experienced sexual violence other than rape by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.
- About 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner (e.g., hit with a fist or something hard, beaten, slammed against something) at some point in their lifetime.
- An estimated 10.7% of women and 2.1% of men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime.
- Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (48.4% and 48.8%, respectively).
- Most female and male victims of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner (69% of female victims; 53% of male victims) experienced some form of intimate partner violence for the first time before 25 years of age.
- Nearly 3 in 10 women and 1 in 10 men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner and reported at least one impact related to experiencing these or other forms of violent behavior in the relationship (e.g., being fearful, concerned for safety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, need for health care, injury, contacting a crisis hotline, need for housing services, need for victim's advocate services, need for legal services, missed at least one day of work or school).
- According to Bureau of Justice statistics, on average, more than 3 women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States.
- In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published data collected in 2005 that finds that women experience 2 million injuries from intimate partner violence each year. Also, nearly 1 in 4 women in the United States reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse of boyfriend at some point in her life.
- A 2007 study states that 15.5 million children in the United States live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year, and 7 million children live in families in which severe partner violence occurred.
- Children who witness domestic violence are more likely to attempt suicide, abuse drugs and alcohol, run away from home, and engage in teenage prostitution.
- According to the Oregon Department of Health and Human Services, a survey of more than 85,000 Oregon women showed that 1 in 10 women experienced intimate-partner violence in the five years preceding the survey. Also, the estimated costs of intimate partner violence in Oregon exceed $50 million each year.
Update on 10-23-16
At about 10 p.m. Pacific Time, Mr. Dean Boettcher was arrested by officers from the Pauls Valley, Oklahoma Police Department with assistance from surrounding agencies.
Boettcher has now been lodged at the Garvin County (OK) Jail as a fugitive on the Oregon murder warrant issued last week.
Mr. Boettcher's car has been recovered by Oklahoma authorities and is being held as evidence.
Detectives from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Homicide and Violent Crime Unit (HVCU) are on their way to Oklahoma this morning to continue the investigation.
Update on 10-20-16
Investigators continue to investigate the death on SE Oatfield that occurred late on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016. The victim is identified as:
Timmons, Matthew Nelson, 50 years of age.
Mr. Timmons lived at the home where the murder occurred.
Mr. Timmons died of multiple stab wounds.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Dean Christian Boettcher, age 51, for the crime of murder. Mr. Boettcher also lived at the same address on Oatfield Road, but his current whereabouts are unknown. He was last believed to be driving a 2010 off white Mini Cooper with Oregon license 399HJL. Mr. Boettcher is still considered to be armed and dangerous. If anyone sees Mr. Boettcher or his vehicle they are asked to call 911 immediately and not approach him.
A person previously mentioned as being associated with this case, Paula Rothery, has been contacted and interviewed. She is a witness in this matter and is not a suspect.
ONE SUBJECT LOCATED; DEAN BOETTCHER STILL AT LARGE; CALL 911 IF SEEN
Paula Rothery -- one of two persons being sought in this investigation -- has been located, and is no longer of interest.
Detectives are still looking for any information on the location of Dean Boettcher.
If you know the whereabouts of Dean Boettcher, you can also leave a message on our Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using our online tip sheet at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 16-28715. But, again, if you see Boettcher in person, do not approach -- call or text 911.
EARLIER (Oct. 19, 2:30 p.m.) -- ROAD RE-OPENED
Oatfield Road is now open to all traffic.
EARLIER (Oct. 19, 1:49 p.m.) -- ADDITIONAL CAR DETAIL
Mr. Boettcher is associated with a cream-colored 2010 Mini Cooper with a black top, Oregon license plate 399HJL.
Photos of the TYPE of vehicle (not the actual vehicle) are attached.
If anyone sees Mr. Boettcher, his vehicle, or Ms. Rothery, they are asked to call 911 immediately and do not approach either of them.
EARLIER (Oct. 19, 9:54 a.m.) -- ROAD CLOSURE EXTENDED
Investigators now plan to extend the closure of SE Oatfield Rd between SE Jennings and SE McNary until at least 3 p.m. while they continue to process the scene. The public is asked to avoid the area.
EARLIER (Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7:51 a.m.)
At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 17000 block of SE Oatfield Rd. on a report of a disturbance.
Upon arrival, deputies found a deceased male inside the residence.
Through their investigation, Investigators determined that the victim died of homicidal violence.
TWO SOUGHT; CALL 911 IF SEEN
Investigators are currently searching for Dean C. Boettcher, a 51-year-old male from Milwaukie, and consider him a person of interest. Mr. Boettcher is considered armed and dangerous.
Investigators are also searching for Paula Rothery, a 44-year-old female. Ms. Rothery was last seen in the presence of Mr. Boettcher.
Mr. Boettcher is associated with a 2010 Mini Cooper bearing Oregon License 399HJL. If anyone sees Mr. Boettcher, his vehicle, or Ms. Rothery, they are asked to call 911 immediately and do not approach either of them.
If you know the whereabouts of Dean Boettcher and Paula Rothery, you can also leave a message on our Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using our online tip sheet at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 16-28715. But, again, if you see Boettcher in person, do NOT approach -- call 911.
(In Oregon and SW Washington you can also text 911 -- details here: http://www.nwtext911.info )
SE Oatfield Rd will be closed between SE Jennings and SE McNary until at least 12 noon as Investigators process the scene. The public is asked to avoid the area.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will host its second-annual "Drive with a Cop" on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Grace Chapel (9600 Boeckman Rd., Wilsonville) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event takes place during National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct. 16-22).
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. The Sheriff's Office developed "Drive with a Cop" as a way to help teens become safer drivers on the road. At the event, teens will partner with Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies who are also trained driving instructors on a driving course to learn how to better handle their cars in all sorts of driving conditions. Teens will also learn about the dangers of driving impaired, distracted, or too fast.
Teens will hear from speakers impacted by car crashes, including Carrie Higgins, who lost her daughter Maddi in a high-speed car crash on June 8, 2014. Higgins has become a safe teen driving advocate -- and tells her story in hopes of empowering other teens to make good decisions while driving and as a passenger in the car.
To watch a video about "Maddi's Story," produced by the Sheriff's Office with Carrie Higgins, click here:
Photos from last year's "Drive With A Cop" are attached to this release.
"Drive with a Cop" is made possible through partnerships with Oregon Impact, Grace Chapel, and a generous grant from State Farm.
Media is welcome to attend "Drive with a Cop." Registration for the event is full. For more information contact Kim Lippert, Event Coordinator, at 503-785-5016 or email@example.com.
Clackamas County law-enforcement personnel will trade their badges for aprons at the Red Robin restaurants in Clackamas and Wilsonville as part of a special "Tip-A-Cop" event benefiting Special Olympics this Saturday, Oct. 22.
Deputies and police officers will collect tips and help serve Red Robin restaurant guests from 11 a.m. to 3pm and 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, at two Red Robin locations:
* Red Robin (Clackamas) (12530 SE 93rd Street, Clackamas, OR 97015; 503-659-1048) -- https://www.redrobin.com/locations/oregon/clackamas/clackamas.html
* Red Robin (Wilsonville) (8403 Main St., Wilsonville, OR 97070; 503-682-0175) -- http://www.redrobin.com/locations/oregon/wilsonville/wilsonville.html
All tips given to law enforcement will be donated to Special Olympics during the Red Robin fundraiser.
"Support for this program in years past has helped build Special Olympics athletes' self-confidence and social skills, improved their physical and motor skills, and provided better success for them to lead much more productive and independent lives," said CCSO Detective Chad Keyser. "Clackamas County has been in the top three agencies in the state for the past six years with donations raised for this event."
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.
ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS OREGON
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.
In Oregon, more than 1,500 law enforcement personnel from federal, military, state, county, and local agencies participate in the year-round Torch Run campaign. All 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries also participate.
To learn more about Special Olympics Oregon: http://www.soor.org/
To learn more about the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) campaign: http://www.soor.org/Sub-Page.aspx?Name=History&PID=42
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, Oct. 22, 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: https://goo.gl/maps/QBgUnb7ik2F2
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 Oct. 22 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
This drug take-back is presented the Sheriff's Office and the Oak Lodge Sanitary District.
The flyer for the drug take-back is attached in JPG and PDF formats.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Public Safety Training Center will teach you to "Refuse To Be A Victim" at a special class on Sunday, Oct. 23 from 2 to 4:30 p.m..
The single most important step toward ensuring your own safety is having a personal safety strategy in place BEFORE you need it. "Refuse To Be A Victim" is designed to teach that mindset. It is NOT a firearms class. It's a seminar with discussions that will help you improve your personal safety strategies and provide you with valuable information you can apply to every area of your life.
Topics covered in the two-and-a-half hour session will include:
- Mental preparedness
- How to make your home more secure
- Improving your physical security in various environments
- Safety precautions when driving
- Safeguarding yourself and items when traveling
- Technological security
- What to consider when choosing physical self-defense training
- Personal protection devices
- Workplace safety
- Safety for parents and children (preschool through high school)
- Safety for college students
- Safety for seniors and persons with physical disabilities
Cost for the class is $35. Registration is required. To sign up, call 503-794-8023.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is participating in the nationwide #CoffeeWithACop sessions happening tomorrow.
The public is invite to share thoughts and enjoy casual conversation with deputies serving in their community on Friday, Oct. 7 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Clackamas Crossing Starbucks (9610 SE 82nd Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086).
More info on this location:
A flyer for the event is attached.
UPDATE: Two additional #CoffeeWithACop sessions are planned for police departments contracting with the Sheriff's Office:
- Happy Valley Police will also be hosting an event at Peet's Coffee (15918 SE Happy Valley Town Center Dr, Happy Valley, OR 97086) from 10am -12pm.
- And the Wilsonville Police Department will be hosting a Coffee w/a Cop event Friday (10/7) from 7a-9a at the Starbucks inside the Fred Meyer located at Wilsonville Old Town Square, 30300 Sw Boones Ferry Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070.
The persons involved in the crash on the 27th of September are as follows:
Amber D. Asaro, age 42, employee of Clackamas County Health, Housing, and Human Services
Ms. Asaro has been released from the hospital.
Dona F. Suek, age 54, deceased
Raymond C. Martin III, age 57, of Beavercreek
Mr. Martin has been released from the hospital.
The investigation of the crash is still underway.
At about 10:10 a.m. On Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a crash at the intersection of Central Point Road and New Era Road in unincorporated Clackamas County, near Canby. [map: https://goo.gl/maps/Bw3CMpCxYru ]
Upon arrival, deputies learned that a Clackamas County-owned and -operated vehicle had reportedly entered the intersection from the direction controlled by a stop sign -- and had then been struck on the side by an oncoming car. Deputies also learned that the vehicle's passenger -- a client of Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services with mobility issues -- had suffered fatal injuries in the crash.
Investigators with the Crime Reconstruction and Forensics Team (CRAFT) responded to the scene to conduct a complete investigation, including reconstruction using the FARO 3D laser scanner.
The investigation is ongoing; at this writing, investigators have yet to determine whether any citations will be issued.
A medicolegal death investigator from the Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office responded to conduct the death investigation.
The drivers of both vehicles were transported to local hospitals for treatment. Both have non-life threatening injuries. Both drivers are cooperating with investigators.
Impairment by alcohol or drugs is not believed to be a factor in the crash.
Names are being withheld pending next-of-kin notifications.
Please reference CCSO Case # 16-26419
Surveillance video of crime and suspect:
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips in the brazen morning driveway theft of a 2013 Chevy pickup truck.
At 6:44 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, a suspect gained entry to a silver 2013 Chevy Silverado while it was parked in the driveway of a residence in the 13300 block of SE 125th in unincorporated Clackamas County.
Fortunately for investigators, the homeowner had a high-quality surveillance camera on the driveway -- and captured excellent footage of both the suspect and the theft.
High-rez video of the crime can be downloaded from this Dropbox address:
Photos of the suspect are also attached.
If anyone has information on the whereabouts of the truck or the pictured suspect, please contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by calling 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp
Please reference CCSO Case #16-5803
Following an in-depth investigation that confirmed his alibi, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives and the Clackamas County DA's Office have cleared Brian Schaffer of suspicion -- and will NOT press charges against him -- in a March 2 incident in which Schaffer's truck struck and killed Katherine Rusk.
The case began on March 3, 2016 at 6:39 a.m., when citizens first called 911 after finding Rusk's body on the side of the road at SE 282nd Ave. and SE Haley Rd. in Clackamas County, Oregon.
The Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT), Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) and Homicide and Violent Crimes Unit (HVCU) detectives responded to the scene and determined that Ms. Rusk had been hit by a vehicle -- most likely a 2004 to 2008 Ford F150 truck -- the night before, on March 2.
The Sheriff's Office also put out a call to the public for tips. Among those who called in: Brian Schaffer, 53, of Estacada. He believed he might have relevant information, and agreed to an interview with detectives.
Detectives had already learned Schaffer had been driving his work vehicle in the area, en route home from a job site. Schaffer told detectives he had hit what he believed was a deer. He said he then turned his vehicle around to look for the deer, but did not see anything. This incident had happened around 7 p.m. March 2, on 282nd Ave near Haley Rd. The street was unlit, and it had been raining heavily at the time. Conditions were such that numerous other cars drove through the area before Rusk's body was discovered nearly 12 hours later.
Detectives launched a dogged investigation. They obtained search warrants for Mr. Schaffer's residence, person and financial records. They inspected the involved truck, where items of evidence were seized. Detectives also canvassed the neighborhood of the crash scene, Schaffer's work and the neighborhood surrounding his residence. They obtained surveillance video from nearby businesses and examined Schaffer's Internet search history from his computer.
But it was a piece of navigation technology that proved crucial in the case -- and fully corroborated Schaffer's explanation of events.
A Garmin GPS unit was located in the vehicle -- and the data from this unit confirmed the path stated by Mr. Schaffer, in the timeframe he reported. Garmin data showed that the truck's path of travel conformed precisely with Schaffer's description of events. Investigators further determined that Schaffer had consumed no drugs or alcohol, was not texting while driving, and had had a reasonable amount of sleep at the time his vehicle struck Ms. Rusk.
Investigators uncovered further evidence that Ms. Rusk had consumed alcohol prior to the incident, and had been seen walking in the roadway.
Further questions can be directed to the Clackamas County DA, who agreed with investigators after a thorough evaluation of the facts that criminal charges should not be pursued.
Earlier news releases in this case are reposted below.
EARLIER (Monday, March 7, 3:45 p.m.) -- DRIVER NAME RELEASED, TIPS SOUGHT: Sheriff's Office investigating death on SE 282nd in Boring
The driver of the Ford truck in the investigation has been identified as Brian Schaffer, 53, of Estacada. Detectives have spoken with Mr. Schaffer and executed multiple search warrants.
Mr. Schaffer is not considered a suspect at this time, but criminal charges have not been ruled out pending the results of the investigation.
This is a very active investigation and detectives are still seeking tips.
The Sheriff's Office is seeking information from the public on Mr. Schaffer's whereabouts on Wednesday, March 2 and Thursday, March 3. A photo Mr. Schaffer is linked above.
Anyone with information on Brian Schaffer's whereabouts during that time period is urged to contact us 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 #16-5803.
EARLIER (Saturday, March 5, 2016, 9:43 a.m.) -- VEHICLE, DRIVER IDENTIFIED; TIPS SOUGHT
Involved vehicle: white 2008 Ford F-150, 2-door with a full-size ladder rackClarification: The above-linked photo of the vehicle involved in this investigation is a photo of the actual involved pickup truck -- which is a white 2008 Ford F-150, 2-door with a full-size ladder rack.
The pictured vehicle is in the control of the investigators for further forensic analysis.
The driver of the vehicle has been identified, and detectives have spoken with the driver.
TIPS SOUGHT: Anyone who saw this vehicle in the area of SE 282nd Avenue near Haley Road in the evening of Wednesday, March 2, 2016 is asked to contact us 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 # 16-5803.
EARLIER (Friday, March 4, 2016, 6:38 p.m.) PHOTO OF INVOLVED VEHICLE; CAUSE OF DEATH; TIPS SOUGHT
Investigators have worked tirelessly since the body of Katherine Rusk was discovered by the side of the road in Boring early Thursday morning.
Detectives are now asking for information from anyone that saw the vehicle in the above-linked photo in the area of SE 282nd Avenue and SE Haley Road: a white 2008 2-door Ford F-150 work truck with a full-size ladder rack.
Anyone with information is asked to please contact us 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 # 16-5803.
The incident is now believed to have occurred in the early evening of Wednesday, March 2.
Today's autopsy confirmed the initial information that Ms. Rusk died from head trauma when she was struck by a vehicle.
EARLIER (Thursday, March 3, 2016, 3:20 p.m.) -- VICTIM NAME RELEASED; TIPS SOUGHT
Family notifications are complete. The victim in this death investigation can now be identified as Katherine Rusk, 38, of Astoria, Oregon. Two photos of Ms. Rusk are linked above.
We continue to seek tips that can help us understand and possibly make an arrest in Ms. Rusk's death, which may be the result of a hit-and-run. Investigators want to hear from anyone with information about Katherine Rusk and her death, and also about vehicles in the area of SE 282nd Avenue near SE Haley Road in Boring in the past 24 hours -- as well as any vehicles with fresh unexplained damage that could be the result of a hit-and-run. Anyone with information is urged to contact us 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 # 16-5803.
EARLIER (March 3, 2016, 11:30 a.m.) -- NEW DETAILS; TIPS SOUGHT
Please reference CCSO Case # 16-5803
Detectives working on the deceased person at 282nd Avenue and Haley Road have provided additional details and a key correction:
1. Contrary to initial 911 reports given to police, the deceased person found at the scene is female, not male. This information has also been updated below.
2. The deceased female has been identified, and efforts to notify next of kin are currently underway. However, no contact with family members has been made at this writing, so it is unknown how long notification will take.
3. The autopsy has not been completed yet. However, preliminary indications are that this death was caused by the victim being struck by a vehicle. Investigators are exploring the possibility that the death may have been caused by a felony hit-and-run; however, until all information has been received -- including autopsy results -- nothing has been ruled out.
4. TIPS SOUGHT -- Investigators want to hear from anyone with information about vehicles in the area of SE 282nd Avenue near SE Haley Road in Boring in the past 18 hours -- as well as any vehicles with fresh unexplained damage that could be the result of a hit-and-run. Anyone with information is urged to contact us 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 # 16-5803.
5. The road has been re-opened.
EARLIER (Thursday, March 3, 2016, 8:58 a.m.)
On Thursday, March 3, 2016 at about 6:45 a.m., Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputies responded to calls of a deceased person on the side of the road on SE 282nd Avenue near SE Haley Road in Boring, Oregon.
Currently, members of the Homicide and Violent Crimes Unit (HVCU) and the Criminal Reconstruction and Forensics Team (CRAFT) are working with the Clackamas County Medical Examiner to investigate the death.
No details about the death are currently available.
At this time, the Clackamas County Road Department has assisted the investigation by closing SE 282nd Avenue between Highway 212 and SE Haley Road in Boring. The duration of that closure is currently unknown.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Sgt. Sean Collinson is available for media at scene. Reporters needing to locate him should approach from the north on 282nd.
Sgt. Dan Kraus
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office