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For 20th year, Sheriff's Posse returns to patrol Town Center parking lot on horseback (Photo) - 11/22/17

This Friday (Nov. 24, 2017), the Clackamas County Sheriff's Posse kicks off its annual holiday-season presence on horseback patrol in the Clackamas Town Center parking lot.

This will be the 20th year the Posse has worked with the Town Center to welcome shoppers and provide a striking holiday presence.

The Posse encourages the public to come meet our four-legged partners during this holiday season. The Posse will stage their trucks and trailers in the south lot of the Town Center, just south of Sears.

Photos of the Posse are attached.

The Sheriff's Office reminds shoppers to lock their car doors and keep valuables stowed away and out of sight while away from their vehicles.

The Posse parking-lot patrol starts on Friday, Nov. 24 and continues on weekends through Dec. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feel free to say hello!

ABOUT THE CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S POSSE:

The Sheriff's Posse -- founded in 1939 by Clackamas County citizens -- is an all-volunteer organization that serves the Sheriff's Office and the county in several ways:

- The Posse perpetuates interest in Western horsemanship, as well as customs and traditions from the early days of the State of Oregon.

- The Posse participates in search-and-rescue missions as requested.
- The Posse provides mounted patrols as needed, as well as support for special events.
- The Posse also participates in several charitable causes and community activities.

Learn more about the Posse online at http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/posse.html

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Sheriff's Office increases impaired-driver patrols over Thanksgiving holiday - 11/22/17

Over the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will increase patrols with an emphasis on reducing impaired-driver crashes.

The goal of these extra patrols: ZERO traffic fatalities during this year's holiday celebration.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every day 28 people lose their life to an alcohol-related traffic crash. This staggering statistic amounts to one alcohol-impaired traffic fatality every 53 minutes. This makes the chance of a person being involved in an alcohol related crash 1 in 3 through a lifetime.

The Sheriff's Office wants to help stop these completely preventable tragedies -- and reminds citizens across Oregon that everyone can play a role in preventing impaired driving.

If you or those around you drink alcohol and/or consume other impairing substances -- including marijuana -- please make responsible transportation plans. And 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, and have a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend!

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Operation Kidsafe - behind the scenes collage
Operation Kidsafe - behind the scenes collage
Sheriff's Office arrests nine during 'Operation Kidsafe' weekend sting (Photo) - 11/20/17

Over the weekend of Nov. 17-19, the Inter-agency Child Exploitation Prevention Team (INCERCEPT) worked with several other agencies on "Operation Kidsafe," arresting nine suspects who showed up at a house looking for sex with children -- who were actually law-enforcement professionals posing as minors, working undercover online to set up the meetings.

Booking and behind-the-scenes photos are attached.

"Operation Kidsafe" was a joint operation involving several local and federal partners, including:

- Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
- Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
- Washington State Highway Patrol
- Department of Homeland Security
- Oregon State Police
- Oregon City Police
- Clackamas County District Attorney's Office
- U.S. Attorney's Office -- Oregon

"For an operation like this to be successful -- and this one was very successful -- it requires time, resources and money from a number of partner agencies," said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. "Front-line troops and leaders from local, regional and federal agencies really came together for this one. Preventing child exploitation is a huge priority for the Sheriff's Office and the cornerstone of INTERCEPT's mission. We couldn't be prouder."

The sting involved setting up a "meeting place" in Clackamas County. The suspects had been previously interacting with online "chatters" certified by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program (ICAC) to pose as minors.

As the suspects were arriving for meetings they believed would involve sexual liaisons with children ages 14 and younger, they were instead greeted by law-enforcement professionals and arrested.

Behind-the-scenes photos from the operation are attached. Forty-four professionals were involved in the sting -- with expertise ranging from IT to surveillance to arrest to investigation to prosecution.

The Sheriff's Office arrested nine suspects and transported them to the Clackamas County Jail. Suspect photos are attached.

Arrests and charges include:

1. Shawn Michael Richardson
Age: 43
Charge: Online Sex Corruption of Child I
Bail: $20,000

2. Patrick Anthony Douglas Lovato
Complete booking info: https://web3.clackamas.us/roster/?pk=2017030398#inmates
Age: 25
Charges: Online Sex Corruption of Child (2 counts), Encouraging Child Sex Abuse II (2 counts)
Bail: $60,000

3. David Hunter Duvall
Age: 38
Charges: Luring a Minor, Online Sex Corruption of Child I
Bail: $30,000

4. Nathan Kevin Jump
Age: 21
Charge: Online Sex Corruption of Child I
Bail: $20,000

5. Douglas Scott Hewitt
Age: 66
Charges: Online Sex Corruption of Child I
Bail: $20,000

6. Kyle Gregory Johnson
Age: 41
Charges: Luring a Minor, Online Sex Corruption of Child I
Bail: $30,000

7. Mahoney McKeon
Complete booking info: https://web3.clackamas.us/roster/?pk=2017030517#inmates
Age: 45
Charges: Online Sex Corruption of Child I (2 counts)
Bail: $40,000

8. Ryan Christopher Vanderzanden
Age: 49
Charges: Luring a Minor, Online Sex Corruption of Child I
Bail: $30,000

9. Vincent Gregory Rundo
Age: 46
Charges: Online Sex Corruption of Child I, Luring a Minor
Bail: $30,000

MORE ARRESTS POSSIBLE

Detectives are following up on investigative leads generated by Operation Kidsafe, and hope to make more arrests in the near future. This release will be updated with any additional arrests.

INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE

Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts is available for interviews about Operation Kidsafe. Contact acting PIO Bryon O'Neil with interview requests.

ABOUT INTERCEPT

The Inter-agency Child Exploitation Prevention Team (INTERCEPT) launched in October 2007 to combine the resources of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in the fight against online child sexual predators in the Portland metropolitan area. For more information about INTERCEPT, visit http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/intercept.html

INTERCEPT is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program (ICAC) -- a national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing over 4,500 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. For more information about ICAC, visit https://www.icactaskforce.org

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Wilsonville Police Investigating Fatal Crash Involving Pedestrian - 11/17/17

Please reference CCSO case # 17-30446.

At about 5 PM on Friday, November 17, 2017, Wilsonville Police Officers responded to a crash involving an automobile and pedestrian on SW Wilsonville Rd near the intersection of SW Willamette Way West. Police and medical personnel from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue arrived on scene just minutes after the crash was reported.

An adult male pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. The driver stayed on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

The Clackamas County Interagency Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) responded to assist in the investigation.

Wilsonville Road will be shut down for several hours while the crash is investigated.

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

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

Patrol cars at shooting
Patrol cars at shooting
Update: Oak Grove shooting leaves one dead. Investigation is in progress. (Photo) * Victim identified* Suspect photograph attached - 11/13/17

**UPDATE 11-13-17 1330 hrs**
*Suspect photograph attached*



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**UPDATE 11-12-17 1240 hrs***
*Victim and suspect identified*

The victim in yesterdays homicide has been identified as Terry Richard McKee, age 39 from Gresham, OR. (Photo attached)

The suspect, who is in custody, has been identified as Miguel Angel Avila Espinal, age 17 from Milwaukie, OR.

ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT

The Sheriff's Office is seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 17-29829

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Please reference CCSO Case # 17-29829

Update:

November 12, 2017 12:40 pm, detectives have identified a suspect in the shooting. He is currently in custody and being interviewed by detectives. At this point there is no concern for public safety due to this incident.

No further details will be released at this time as it is still an active investigation. We expect the names of both the suspect and victim will be available for release tomorrow afternoon.


ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT

The Sheriff's Office is seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 17-29829


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The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Homicide and Violent Crimes Unit (HVCU) along with the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team are investigating a homicide that occurred in Oak Grove, OR.

At 7:50 pm on November 11, 2017, Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a 911 call reporting a disturbance on McLoughlin Blvd near SE Concord Rd in Oak Grove, OR. Dispatch advised there were additional calls that reported the disturbance had escalated to a shooting.

When deputies arrived they found a male deceased on the ground near that location and the suspect had fled the scene. There were several witnesses to the incident.

Due to this incident and the ongoing criminal investigation, McLoughlin Blvd in both directions will be closed at SE Concord Rd. Southbound traffic is closed at SE Risley Ave. Hwy 99E is expected to be closed for several hours.

Media staging area is at the Walmart located at 15600 SE McLoughlin Blvd.

Along with deputies, Officers from Portland Police Bureau, Gladstone Police, and Oregon City Police Departments also responded to the scene.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Detectives were called to the scene along with the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team, Clackamas County Medical Examiner and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Investigators. Investigators will be processing the scene and detectives are currently interviewing several witnesses.


Photos from the scene are attached.

The victim's name will not be released at this time pending family notification.



ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT

The Sheriff's Office is seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 17-29829

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Sheriff's Office investigates shooting in unincorporated Milwaukie; tips sought - 11/09/17

Please reference CCSO case # 17-29684.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) is investigating a shooting in unincorporated Milwaukie.

At about 8:00 PM on Thursday, November 9, 2017, Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to a 911 call reporting a shooting in the 7400 block of SE Michael Dr which is an unincorporated area of Milwaukie in Clackamas County.

Upon arrival, deputies found one, 33 year old male victim of a single gunshot wound. The victim was transported by AMR to OHSU for medical treatment.

CCSO Detectives responded to the scene to process the scene, evidence, and witness statements.

No names of any involved parties will be released at this time as this is an active investigation.

The Sheriff's Office is seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 17-29684.

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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K9 Coda receives body armor (Photo) - 11/09/17

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K9 Coda has received a bullet- and stab-protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

The vest was paid for by an anonymous sponsor, and is embroidered with the sentiment "Honoring those who served and sacrificed."

A photo of Coda wearing the new vest is attached.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,600 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over $2.1 million.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950. Each vest weighs an average of 4-5 lbs. and has a value between $1,744 and $2,283, with a five-year warranty.

There are an estimated 30,000 law-enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at http://www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.

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Sheriff's Office deputies once again grow beards for 'No Shave November,' raise money to fight cancer -- and this year it's also a contest (Photo) - 11/09/17

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CCSO's 'No Shave November' team links:

TEAM 1 -- Patrol, Contract Cities, Investigations, Admin, IT, Records:
https://no-shave.org/team/Patrol

TEAM 2 -- Jail, Community Corrections, Civil:
https://no-shave.org/team/Corrections
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November is Men's Health Awareness Month. People across the country are once again recognizing this important effort by growing out their facial hair, as part of the "No Shave November" campaign.

The Sheriff's Office is once again joining the fight.

And this year, it's also a contest.

Normally, CCSO grooming standards don't allow deputies to wear beards. If you've seen our deputies out in the community this month, you may have noticed that's changed. As part of a coordinated effort to raise awareness about men's health issues -- including the kinds of cancer that only affect men -- Sheriff Craig Roberts has once again decided to temporarily relax CCSO's grooming standards in order to allow uniformed members of the Sheriff's Office to participate.

In an Oct. 30 email to deputies, Undersheriff Ellington laid out the contest parameters: "There will be a friendly competition this year, and the teams are as follows: If you are a part of Patrol (including contract cities), Investigations, Admin, IT or Records you are on one team. If you are a part of the Jail, Community Corrections, or Civil you are on another team. The winning side will not only gain bragging rights, but will also be rewarded for their achievement by being allowed to keep their facial hair until through December 31, 2017."

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION WELCOME

Want to participate? The public is welcome to contribute to CCSO's effort. The Sheriff's Office No-Shave November Teams are online here:

TEAM 1 -- Patrol, Contract Cities, Investigations, Admin, IT, Records:
https://no-shave.org/team/Patrol

TEAM 2 -- Jail, Community Corrections, Civil:
https://no-shave.org/team/Corrections

During November, participants are encouraged to donate money they'd usually spend on shaving to educate people about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle. Participants are also encouraged to get a cancer screening during the month of November.

Below is the Sheriff's Office TEMPORARY relaxed grooming policy for the month of November 2017. The policy is currently scheduled to return to its previous terms promptly on Dec. 1, 2017 ... for the losing team.

Photos from previous No-Shave November campaigns are attached.
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NOVEMBER 2017 GROOMING STANDARDS:

While we are adjusting our grooming standards for November only (listed below) -- allowing participating deputies to grow facial hair -- this needs to be done in a professional manner. Facial hair will need to be neatly trimmed and well-kept. As with the current grooming standards, Sheriff Roberts has final say.

Here is the Sheriff's Office temporary grooming policy for the month of November 2017. The policy will return to its previous terms promptly on Dec. 1, 2017.

FACIAL HAIR

Personnel may elect to have a beard or goatee. Beards and goatees will be neatly trimmed and at no time be longer than one inch when extended straight out from the skin surface.

A beard is defined as hair grown covering the face line in a continuous pattern from sideburns, along the cheek line, covering the chin and connecting with a mustache.

A goatee is hair that is grown in a continuous pattern including the chin and mustache but does not extend along the cheek line and does not connect to sideburns.

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John David Bowe
John David Bowe
UPDATE w/ INDICTMENT, ADDITIONAL CHARGES: Sheriff's Office detectives, U.S. Marshals make sex abuse arrest, seek possible additional victims (Photo) - 11/08/17

Please reference CCSO Case # 17-27368
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UPDATE (Weds., Nov. 8, 1:15 p.m.) -- INDICTMENT DETAILS w/ ADDITIONAL CHARGES

Additional information: On Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2017, John David Bowe was indicted by a Grand Jury on the following 12 charges:

- 1 charge of Rape I
- 7 counts of Sodomy I
- 2 counts of Sex Abuse I
- 2) counts of Sodomy II
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EARLIER (Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, 9:56 a.m.) -- SHERIFF'S OFFICE DETECTIVES, U.S. MARSHALS MAKE SEX ABUSE ARREST, SEEK POSSIBLE ADDITIONAL VICTIMS

On Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Team, with the assistance from the U.S. Marshals Office, arrested 48-year-old John David Bowe in Pomona, CA on the following charges:

- 2 counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree
- 2 counts of Sodomy in the First Degree
- 1 count of Luring a Minor
- 1 count of Online Sexual Corruption of a Child

Mr. Bowe was arrested following an investigation into allegations he had sexually assaulted a 13-year female victim during the early morning hours of Monday, October 16, 2017 in unincorporated Clackamas County, near Sandy.

Mr. Bowe is currently in the San Bernardino County Jail awaiting extradition to Oregon. His complete San Bernadino Jail booking info is here: https://web.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/bookingsearch/bookingsearch.aspx

A photo of John Bowe is attached. He has been a registered sex offender in California since March 2002.

Through the investigation, Sheriff's Office detectives learned that Mr. Bowe is known to have frequented locations where children congregate. Mr. Bowe is believed to also have had contact with multiple families with minor children.

Detectives are seeking information on any other potential victims of Mr. Bowe.

TIPS, ADDITIONAL VICTIMS SOUGHT

Sheriff's Office detectives are asking anyone who may have had contact with Mr. Bowe while children were present to please get in touch with investigators. Anyone with information can contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 17-27368.

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Attached Media Files: John David Bowe
Clackamas County Jail seeks public input on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self-Survey and Transition Plan Update - 11/06/17

More info:
http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/jailada.html

The Clackamas County Jail is in the process of updating its ADA Self-Survey and Transition Plan -- and the Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's input.

The Transition Plan will be used as a guide for making improvements that will facilitate accessibility -- by removing physical impediments in the Clackamas County Jail and improving current levels of service in any Jail policies, programs, and procedures that could create barriers to accessibility for persons with disabilities.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates that the Clackamas County Jail identify the hindrances encountered with disabilities. Upon completion of this self-survey component, the Transition Plan will outline a strategy for prioritizing such improvements -- considering such factors as the extent of deficiency, identified need, available budget, and realistic schedule.

The Transition Plan will ultimately formulate the Jail's strategy for transitioning to a fully accessible facility.

The Clackamas County Jail is seeking public input in updating this Transition Plan.

All suggestions, comments, or specific deficiencies should be brought to the Jail's attention by January 31, 2018, so that they may be evaluated and included in the self-evaluation. This can be done by contacting Lieutenant Rollins, ADA Coordinator, preferably via e-mail at toddrol@co.clackamas.or.us or by phone at 503-722-6702. You may also send any comments or suggestions by snail-mail to:

Lieutenant Rollins, ADA Coordinator
Clackamas County Jail
2206 Kaen Rd
Oregon City, OR 97045.

This notice is available in alternative formats, on request.

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Sheriff's Office Investigating Shooting in Milwaukie - 11/05/17

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case# 17-29276.


On 11-05-17 at about 6:00 pm, Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a shooting in the area of 3710 SE Concord Rd., in unincorporated Clackamas County. Deputies arrived and secured the area, and found an injured 17 year old male. Deputies provided emergency medical care to the male until members of Clackamas Fire District #1 and American Medical Response arrived, and subsequently transported the male to a local area hospital. His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.


Detectives with the Clackamas County Sheriff's office are actively working to identify and contact witnesses, while crime scene investigators process the scene for evidence. There is only one victim, and investigators do not believe there is any ongoing danger to the public.


No additional information is available at this time.


Anyone with information is urged to 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 http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp .

Nicholas Benim
Nicholas Benim
Sheriff's Office conducts search for a lost hunter near Hideaway Lake (Photo) **Hunter found alive*** - 11/01/17

**UPDATE 11-1-17 1552hrs**

Mr. Benim was located by USFS personnel west of the search area. Mr. Benim is reportedly in "ok" condition and is being led to his family and friends.
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Please reference CCSO Case # 17-28701

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is conducting a search for Nicholas David Benim, 34, of Molalla, in the area of Hideaway Lake near Estacada, OR.

On October 30, 2017 at approximately 9:00 am, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a lost hunter. Search and Rescue Coordinators with the Sheriff's Office responded and began the search effort.

Benim was last seen on October 29th around 5:00 pm when he left his group. He was expected to return a few hours later.

Benim was wearing a bright orange jacket and tan Carhartt style pants when he left. He also had a backpack in his possession.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is coordinating efforts from Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, US Forest Service, Mountain Wave Communications and Mountain Wave Canine.

A photo of Benim is attached.


ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT

The Sheriff's Office is seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 28701.

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Attached Media Files: Nicholas Benim
CCSO:The search continues for Nathan Mitchell in the Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness *UPDATE* Nathan Mitchell found alive. - 10/26/17

**UPDATE - NATHAN MITCHELL FOUND ALIVE**

At approximately 11:00 a.m. on October 26, 2017, Nathan Mitchell was located in a drainage area off of the Bonanza Trail, Welches OR., 5 days after he was reported missing. Mr. Mitchell was located by three of his friends who then located Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel a short distance away on the Bonanza Trail and told them of Mr. Mitchell's whereabouts.

Mr. Mitchell was then escorted out of the wilderness where he was met by his family and friends. Mr. Mitchell was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of the Search and Rescue personnel who partnered in this long, extensive, successful search for Mr. Mitchell.






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Please reference CCSO Case # 17-27934

On October 22, 2017 at approximately 1:45 am, the father of Nathan Charles Mitchell, 34, of Portland, contacted the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to report his son as an overdue hiker. A search and rescue coordinator was available and began working on this. At the time, it was unknown where Mitchell's intended destination was.

The following day, Mitchell's vehicle was located in the day use parking lot at the Wildwood Recreation Area in Welches, OR. With this information, Clackamas County deputies began to coordinate a search for Mitchell.

Search and rescue deputies coordinated the deployment of additional resources to include Mountain Wave Search and Rescue, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post, U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Army National Guard, Oregon Air Force Reserve and canine teams from Mountain Wave and Northern Search and Rescue.

Currently the search area is approximately 40 square miles which includes areas of danger to include water crossings, cliffs and steep slopes in the Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness. The topography of the area has caused complications with communications equipment.

During the search today there were 38 ground searchers which included search and rescue canine teams. The 38 ground personnel canvased varied terrain within the search area and covered an average of 15 miles each. The Oregon Army National Guard deployed a search helicopter. The helicopter searched for approximately 8 hours. As of 11:00 pm there is still a team of searchers in the field looking for Mitchell.

Searchers were able to identify the locations where Mitchell took the photos he sent to friends. They also found a rain cover from Mitchell's backpack. This rain cover was located approximately 5 miles from his car.

Information was circulated in regards to a request for people with drones to respond to the area to help with the search effort. Search and rescue coordinators do not want individuals to assist the search effort in this way. It will impede their ability to use the search helicopter from the Oregon Army National Guard. Please do not come to the search area with a drone. The searchers deployed are trained volunteers from organizations who are experienced with these types of operations.

Search efforts are scheduled to begin again first thing in the morning. A request was made through the Office of Emergency Management for a statewide callout. This will help coordinate additional resources from all over the state. Washington County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Explorers are scheduled to join the search tomorrow.

If media responds to the Wildwood Recreation Area, they are asked to park at the "Media Staging" area which is marked with signs.

The Pacific Northwest is known for its outdoor activities. As a reminder when enjoying the outdoors we encourage you to make a plan and tell someone where you are going. Try to travel with someone else if possible. Be prepared for the elements and unexpected delays should they arise. There are emergency transponders available at outdoor retailers.


ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT

The Sheriff's Office is seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 17-27934

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