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Recovery - 07/22/18

**UPDATE** Today at approximately 1330 hours, the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a body had been located in the Willamette River approximately 4 miles downriver from the Wheatland Ferry.  The Yamhill County Marine Patrol was actively on the water searching the area at that time of the call. 
Marine deputies from the both the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and recovered the body.  Family members were able to positively identify the body as that of Leocadio Sendejas-Sanchez.  Mr. Sendejas-Sanchez had gone missing while swimming near the Wheatland Ferry on Wednesday, July 18. 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family members of Mr. Sendejas-Sanchez.

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Search for Missing Swimmer Continues in Willamette River (Photo) - 07/19/18

The search for 68 year old Leocadio Sendejas-Sanchez, who disappeared while swimming yesterday, continues this morning in the Willamette just north of Wheatland Ferry. Yesterday, divers and search crews covered approximately 1/4 mile of river water before suspending the search due to darkness. At about 9:00 a.m. Yamhill County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol conducted a visual search of the water. Divers from Clackamas County Dive/Rescue are scheduled to enter the water around 10:00 a.m.

An update will be provided later this afternoon

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Search Underway for Swimmer in Willamette River near Wheatland Ferry ***Update (Photo) - 07/18/18


The search for Leocadio Sendejas-Sanchez, the missing swimmer in the Willamette River is being suspended due to darkness. Search crews from the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Clackamas County Dive/Rescue searched for several hours, covering approximately one-quarter mile downriver from Sendejas-Sanchez’s last known location.

The search was conducted with the use of divers and four watercraft. 

Efforts will continue tomorrow morning and additional information will be made available as it develops. 



Today, at about 4:15 p.m. Yamhill Communications Agency, the dispatch agency for the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, received a  911 call advising a swimmer had gone under water in the Willamette River, approximately 200 yards north of the Wheatland Ferry.

The swimmer was identified by a family member as Leocadio Sendejas-Sanchez, 68 years of age.  Sendejas-Sanchez, who is a resident of California, was visiting relatives in Oregon.  Those relatives were present on the shore at the time of the incident. 

Currently, the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, and Clackamas County Dive/Rescue have craft on the water searching for Sendejas-Sanchez. 

The initial investigation has determined that Sendejas-Sanchez was attempting to swim across the Willamette from the Yamhill County side to the Marion County side when he was observed going under water.  Sendejas-Sanchez was described as a good swimmer; however he was not wearing a life jacket at the time of his disappearance. 

Water visibility in the Willamette is very good at this time, and the water is low.  The search is continuing and additional information will be provided when available.

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Hay Truck Fire Closes Road Outside City of Yamhill - 07/12/18

A tractor trailer hauling hay caught fire at about 5:00 p.m. on Westside Road near Moores Valley Road in rural Yamhill County. 

The truck was fully involved when fire units arrived and brush along roadway had caught fire.

The brush fire has been contained and mop up and road closure will continue for 2 to 3 hours.  

Public Works was requested to the scene for road closure and bridge assessment. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but is not the result of a crash. No injuries are reported and no hazardous materials have been released.

Citizens are advised to avoid the area and use alternate routes if possible. 

Yamhill County Inmate Arrested For Supplying Heroin to Inmates (Photo) - 07/05/18

On June 22nd, Captain Richard Geist, who commands the Yamhill County Jail, received information that heroin use had taken place in the Yamhill County Jail the day prior.  After conducting an investigation he had reason to believe the inmate who had provided the heroin was housed in the female general population block.  That inmate was identified as Newberg resident, Rashel Ann Sutliff, 32 years of age.  Sutliff had been in custody since June 20th due to a probation sanction and for outstanding warrants for failure to appear.

Sutliff was transported to the Washington County Jail where their body scanner was utilized.  The scan indicated a foreign substance was inside Sutliff’s lower abdomen area.  Based on the location of the object, it was suspected that drugs may have been swallowed or secreted.  For the safety of the inmate she was transported to the Willamette Valley Medical Center where medical staff removed the foreign object from her body.

The object that was found on the scanner was discovered to be two plastic bags.  One bag was approximately 12 grams of suspected methamphetamine while the other bag was approximately 2 grams of suspected heroin. 

Today, Sutliff was charged with Unlawful Delivery of Heroin, Unlawful Possession of Heroin, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and three counts of Supplying Contraband.  She is not eligible for bail due to her warrants and probation sanction.

The body scanner used in this investigation is similar to the scanner recently purchased by the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office.  It is scheduled to be installed in the near future.  “This case is a perfect example of why I felt it was a priority to obtain a scanner for our facility.” said Sheriff Tim Svenson. “With the rise in heroin use and it’s extremely addictive qualities, inmates are becoming more and more willing to risk introducing these drugs into correctional facilities. This scanner will allow us to increase safety for inmates and staff and provide an extremely valuable investigative tool.  Smuggling drugs into our facility will not be tolerated and those attempting to do so will face criminal prosecution.”

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