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Frank Lefever
Frank Lefever
Fugitive Arrested (Photo) - 09/11/19

Dillard, Ore. - This morning at about 8:30 a.m. the Lane County Sheriff’s Office advised our agency that Franklin Lefever, age 51, a wanted fugitive who was considered armed and dangerous, might be staying in a gravel lot just south of the Dillard Store in Dillard.

Just before 9:00 a.m. Douglas County deputies located Lefever’s white Toyota pickup and his motor home in the 9400 block of Old Hwy 99 South.  Officers made contact and detained one female subject.  Lefever was found to be in the motor home and initially refused to come out but surrendered after about 20 minutes.

Lefever was taken into custody and lodged in the Douglas County Jail on warrants out of Douglas County charging him with Fail to Report as a Sex Offender and Second Degree Criminal Trespass, as well as additional warrants out of Lane County.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Oregon State Police, Roseburg Police Department and Winston Police Department.

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Attached Media Files: Frank Lefever
Roscoe Casita
Roscoe Casita
Search Underway for Missing Eugene Man (Photo) - 09/10/19

Roseburg, Ore. - A search is underway for a missing Eugene man who has been missing since Saturday, September 7th.

Roscoe Casita, age 37, was reported missing to the Eugene Police Department on Saturday September 7th by family members. On Monday, September 9th, Casita's vehicle, a 2017 blue Subaru Outback, was located by family members at Timpanogas Lake where he has been known to camp in the past. 

Douglas County Search and Rescue members are currently searching the area around Timpanogas Lake for Casita.  Timpanogas Lake is in the north east corner of Douglas County about 93 miles northeast of Roseburg and 94 miles southeast of Eugene.

Casita is a white male, 5'10", 220 lbs with black hair and blue eyes.  He was last seen wearing a white shirt and black shorts.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Casita is urged to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at (541) 440-4471.

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Missing Flyer
Missing Flyer
UPDATED - Missing: Missing Father and 2 year-old Daughter (Photo) - 09/10/19

UPDATE 09/10/2019 11:15 AM

It has been just over a month since Sean and Madison Moss went missing. As the investigation continues, we are asking for help from the public.

29 year-old Sean Michael Moss and his daughter, Madison Moss were reported missing on Monday, August 12 at 10:18 am. They were last seen by Moss' co-worker on the evening of Friday, August 9th.

Family members were expecting Sean and Madison to attend the Douglas County Fair on August 10th, but they did not arrive.

Sean drives a dark green Chevy Trailblazer with front end damage on the right side of the bumper with Oregon license plate 549DBU.

Sean is described as 5'9'' tall and 160 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He has scars from his chin to his waistline. He also has a full back tattoo and a tattoo that reads "Lilly" on his left arm.

Madison is described as 3'0'' tall and 25 lbs with curly brown hair with one green and one hazel eye.

If you have any information which may help locate both individuals, please contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4458 or contact your local law enforcement.

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UPDATE 08/15/2019 7:30 PM

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is still actively investigating the missing persons case involving a father and his 2 year old daughter.  

"We have contacted and spoken to a number of friends and family and still have almost no information as to the whereabouts of Sean and Madison," Sgt. Brad O'Dell said. "At this point we need the public’s help in locating this father and daughter. Please be vigilant and report any information you believe to be important to this case," O'Dell urged.

Sean Moss and his 2 year-old daughter, Madison Moss, were last seen in northeast Roseburg about 11:30 PM on Friday August 9, 2019. Sean drives a dark green Chevy Trailblazer with front end damage on the right side of the bumper with Oregon license plate 549DBU. 

The Sheriff’s Office is very concerned about the welfare of Sean and his daughter. Anyone with information is asked to call 541-440-4458.

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ORIGINAL RELEASE 08/13/2019 12:08 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is currently seeking information into the whereabouts of a missing Roseburg man and his 2 year-old daughter. 

29 year-old Sean Michael Moss and his daughter, Madison Moss were reported missing on Monday, August 12 at 10:18 am. They were last seen by Moss' co-worker on the evening of Friday, August 9th.

Family members were expecting Sean and Madison to attend the Douglas County Fair on August 10th, but they did not arrive. 

Sean drives a dark green Chevy Trailblazer with front end damage on the right side of the bumper with Oregon license plate 549DBU.

Sean is described as 5'9'' tall and 160 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He has scars from his chin to his waistline. He also has a full back tattoo and a tattoo that reads "Lilly" on his left arm. 

Madison is described as 3'0'' tall and 25 lbs with curly brown hair with one green and one hazel eye. 

If you have any information which may help locate both individuals, please contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or contact your local law enforcement. 

Case #19-3736

Attached Media Files: Missing Flyer
K9 Grim
K9 Grim
K9 Grim Sniffs out Burglary Suspects (Photo) - 09/09/19

OAKLAND, Ore. - Two burglars were arrested and lodged in the Douglas County Jail on Saturday after K9 Grim tracked them down. 

Deputies were dispatched to a residential property in the 300-block of Thurman Lane shortly before 9:30 am on Saturday, September 7th. A witness observed a subject run from the property when he arrived at the home. Deputies began an investigation and determined a burglary had occurred. 

At the request of deputies, K9 Grim was dispatched to the scene to track the suspects. Once there, K9 Grim led deputies to an abandoned structure in the 200-block of Prescott Avenue where he began to alert that the suspects were hiding nearby. Deputies announced the presence of the K9 and told the subjects to surrender. 35 year-old Christopher Robert Helm and 42 year-old Hondo Lee Kuntz, both of Yoncalla, complied and were taken into custody without incident. 

Both were transported to the Douglas County Jail and lodged on the following charges: 

  • Helm: Criminal Mischief I, Burglary I, Trespass II, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Probation Violation
  • Kuntz: Burglary I, Trespass II, Criminal Mischief III

Sutherlin Police Department assisted the Sheriff's Office in the investigation. 

K9 Grim, a 7 year-old German Shepherd, has been with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office since 2013. Grim was purchased by an anonymous donor in the community. The Sheriff’s K9 program is supported financially by the Friends of Umpqua Valley Police K9 Programs, a nonprofit organization which holds fundraisers and receives donations from the community. Bailey's Veterinary Clinic provides medical care for K9 Grim while Coastal Farm and Home Supply provides Grim's food. 

In August, the Sheriff's Office announced it would be adding a second K9 patrol division. Arrangements are currently underway to select the dog and equip the agency for the addition.

Thorn Prairie Rescue
Thorn Prairie Rescue
One Dead, One Injured in Fall Near Umpqua Hot Springs (Photo) - 09/09/19

On September 8, 2019, at about 1:30 p.m., the 911 center received a call reporting a 20 year old female had fallen from a cliff in the 2000 block of Thorn Prairie Road, near Umpqua Hot Springs.  This area is in the Umpqua National Forest near Toketee Ranger Station about 60 miles east of Roseburg.

The female was reported to be injured and needing medical assistance.  Additionally, it was reported that a male subject had also fallen from a cliff and appeared to be deceased.  Sheriff's deputies, Search and Rescue Volunteers, US Forest Service Personnel and Bay Cities Ambulance responded to the scene.

20 year old Azrael Maujean of Grants Pass was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg with serious injuries.  Deputies and Search and Rescue volunteers recovered the body of 24 year old Christian Simmons, also of Grants Pass, who was deceased at the scene.

Initial reports indicate that both subjects were in the Umpqua Hot Springs area the night of September 7th, 2019 and became lost. Both subjects fell approximately 70 feet from a rock cliff.  The next day, other people in the area of the hot springs located Maujean and called 911.  Neither subject had equipment for wilderness night travel.

Next of kin has been notified.

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Attached Media Files: Thorn Prairie Rescue
Click It or Ticket Logo
Click It or Ticket Logo
Update: Grant Funding Provides Increased Traffic Safety Enforcement (Photo) - 09/06/19

UPDATE 09/06/2019 4:30 PM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Deputies participated in the Click-It-Or-Ticket campaign by providing 30 additional hours of enforcement during the nationwide enforcement campaign. Deputies took the following enforcement actions:

  • 12 citations for speed
  • 18 warnings for speed
  • 7 citations for driving suspended
  • 1 Ignition Interlock Device violation citation
  • 10 citations for seatbelt violations
  • 11 warnings for seatbelt violations
  • 1 warning for child restraint
  • 3 warnings for distracted driving
  • 1 arrest for Fail to Carry/Display
  • 3 equipment violation warnings
  • 14 other citations and 50 other warnings

Supplementing the Click-it-Or-Ticket campaign, during the week of Labor Day, an additional 15 hours of DUII enhanced enforcements took place, resulting in the following: 

  • 6 warnings for speed
  • 2 DUII arrests
  • 1 Driving While Suspended violation citation
  • 1 Ignition Interlock Device violation citation
  • 2 arrests
  • 9 equipment violations
  • 3 citations for other violations.

Funding for these enforcement hours is provided by grants. 

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ORIGINAL RELEASE 08/16/2019 12:00 PM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Grant funding will provide overlapping traffic safety enforcement campaigns through Labor Day weekend.

Beginning Friday, August 16 through September 2nd, deputies will be patrolling roadways in the county with a specific focus of identifying and stopping impaired drivers. The funding for the campaign is provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Sgt. Mark Norris said the Sheriff's Office encourages members of the community to report suspected impaired drivers to law enforcement immediately. "Our goal is to prevent deaths, injuries and property damage by removing them from our roadways," Norris said. 

On Monday, August 19 through September 1, deputies will also take part in the annual Click It or Ticket high visibility campaign, enforcing seatbelt and child safety restraint laws to help keep families safe. 

“We cannot overstate the importance of wearing a seat belt. It’s the law, but it’s more than that: By far, buckling up is the simplest thing you can do to limit injury or save your life during a crash. We see the results of not wearing a seat belt all the time. We see the loss of life. So often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt,” Norris said.

Norris added the agency's mission is to ensure the safety of those who live in or visit Douglas County. "We want people to understand the dangers of unrestrained driving as well as driving while impaired and to comply with the law."  

According to NHTSA, in 2017, there were 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 55 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In Oregon, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $115.00.

Almost twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared to females, with lower belt use rates, too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2017, more than half (51%) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 39 percent were not buckled up.

The focused patrols are in addition to regular staffing levels, thus allowing the Sheriff's Office to participate in the increased safety enforcement without removing other resources.

Attached Media Files: Click It or Ticket Logo
Hannah Justine Fox
Hannah Justine Fox
UPDATE: Hannah Fox Found Alive (Photo) - 09/06/19

UPDATE 09/06/2019 2:00 PM

DRAIN, Ore. - On Friday, September 6, 2019, shortly after 12:15 pm, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a call from a family member reporting Fox had been located. Emergency services were dispatched and found Fox to be alive and speaking with others on private timber lands approximately 3/4 of a mile from where her vehicle was left. Fox had gone for a hike and became lost.

Fox was in stable condition, but transported by ambulance to an area hospital for evaluation. 

Search crews began looking for her on Tuesday, September 3rd and have been working diligently to locate her since. Efforts included ground search teams, K9 teams, ATV resources and air resources. The search terrain was a mix of heavy brush, timber and downed timber from the February snow event. The area Fox was missing in was surrounded by roads, residences and small farms.  Fox reported hearing searchers in the area, but did not respond to them. No additional updates are expected. 

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ORIGINAL RELEASE 09/04/2019 10:09 PM

DRAIN, Ore. - Deputies have been searching for a missing Eugene woman since Tuesday evening. 

At 9:51 PM on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, deputies were alerted to a suspicious vehicle in the 1000-block of Umpqua Highway 99 outside of Drain. Deputies found the vehicle, a silver 2004 Toyota Camry, parked near a private property gate, but no one around it. the vehicle was unsecured with several items of value inside. 

The registered owner of the vehicle was contacted by telephone. Deputies learned the vehicle had been being operated by 24-year old Hannah Justine Fox of Eugene. Fox had last been seen on Monday, September 2nd and has no ties to Douglas County. 

Douglas County Search and Rescue has been actively searching for Fox. She is described as 5'09'', 155 lbs, brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at (541) 440-4471.

Case # 19-4122

Attached Media Files: Hannah Justine Fox