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Missing Person Flyer
Missing Person Flyer
UPDATE - LOCATED: Search for Missing Roseburg Man (Photo) - 08/04/20

*** UPDATE 08/04/2020 7:00 PM ***

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Deputies have located the body of 22 year-old Austin Allen Wilkison. 

Wilkison was reported missing to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office by concerned family members. Through the course of the investigation, deputies learned that Wilkison was possibly despondent and could possibly be in the mountains near Glide. Search and Rescue Teams along with Timber Deputies began searching for Wilkison.

At approximately 3:15 PM, deputies received information that Wilkison's vehicle had been previously observed by a bear hunter in the area of the Canton Creek Campground near Steamboat during the course of the weekend. The hunter saw the missing person flyer and contacted the Sheriff's Office. Deputies responded to the area and located Wilkison's vehicle and him inside.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office notified Wilkison's family as well as the Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office who is conducting a death investigation. There is nothing suspicious about Wilkison's death at this time. 

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*** ORIGINAL RELEASE 08/04/2020 1:00 PM ***

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Deputies are looking for information as to the whereabouts of a missing 22-year-old Roseburg man. 

Austin Allen Wilkison was last seen on Friday, July 31, 2020, at approximately 7:30 pm at a residence on Little Valley Road. Wilkison had reportedly planned to meet friends and return home. He has not been heard or seen since and family is concerned about his welfare. 

Wilkison is known to frequent the Glide/Idleyld Park area and may possibly be in the mountains, particularly the Swift Water, Wright Creek and Steamboat Falls areas. He is described as 5'6'', 145 lbs, brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last known to be wearing a green hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants. He is associated with a silver 2001 Silver Acura CL with Oregon license plate YPS306.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or by email to dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us referencing case #20-3532.

Attached Media Files: Missing Person Flyer
Missing Person Flyer
Missing Person Flyer
LOCATED: Have You Seen This Missing Man? (Photo) - 08/03/20

*** UPDATED RELEASE 08/03/2020 2:45 PM ***

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has spoken to Richard John Siegrist who told deputies he is not missing. 

He is no longer considered a missing person and the case has been closed.

*** ORIGINAL RELEASE 08/03/2020 10:00 AM ***

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is looking for a missing Roseburg man and asking the public's assistance in locating him. 

37 year-old Richard John Siegrist of Roseburg was last heard from on Saturday, August 1, 2020. He left a residence in the 300-block of Lad Lane in a silver or gray Honda 4x4 SUV (unknown license plate). His destination was unknown at the time he left. 

Siegrist is described as 5'07'', 170lbs, brown hair and brown eyes with possibly a beard. He is known to frequent the mountains and wooded areas of Douglas County.

"Our hope is that as people are recreating in the mountains, that they be aware of this case and report any information which may help us to locate Richard," said Sgt. Brad O'Dell. "We do not have license plate on the vehicle he was driving, but we ask the public to keep their eyes open for a gray or silver Honda 4x4 SUV."

If anyone believes they have seen Siegrist or his vehicle, they are asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at (541) 440-4471 referencing case #20-3496.

Attached Media Files: Missing Person Flyer
Christian Dean Busschau
Christian Dean Busschau
Burglar Captured, Large Quantity of Property Returned (Photo) - 08/03/20

ROSEBURG, Ore. - On Saturday, August 1, 2020, at approximately 7:00 am, deputies were dispatched to a reported burglary at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Speedway Complex. 

Deputies learned approximately $10,000 - $15,000 worth items were stolen from the Pacific Racing Association (PRA). Surveillance footage was obtained and deputies processed the crime scene. 

Through the course of the investigation, deputies developed a suspect, 25-year-old Christian Dean Busschau of Washougal, Washington. Deputies made application for a search warrant and served that on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at a residence in the 100-block of Pioneer Way. 

During the execution of the warrant Busschau was arrested. He was lodged in the Douglas County Jail on the following charges: 

  • Aggravated Theft I
  • Criminal Mischief I
  • Criminal Trespass II
  • Burglary II
  • Offensive Littering

Nearly all of the stolen equipment was located and returned to the PRA. Still outstanding are (11) Black Box 2-way radios along with the chargers and spare batteries. The radios may have residue on the front where stickers may have been removed. Anyone who has these in their possession or knows of their whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 referencing case #20-3490.

**UPDATE - LOCATED** Missing Roseburg Woman with Dementia - 07/31/20

*** UPDATE 07/31/2020 9:45 AM ***

ROSEBURG, Ore. - On July 30, 2020, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office was notified that Elizabeth "Kay" Carroll was located safe by the Oregon State Police in Coos County. Kay's family was notified and she is no longer considered missing. 

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the community for sharing the information and helping us to locate her. 

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*** ORIGINAL RELEASE 07/30/2020 5:00 PM ***

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Deputies are trying to locate an 82 year-old Roseburg woman with dementia who left her home Thursday morning. 

At approximately 3:00 pm, deputies were notified that 82 year-old Elizabeth "Kay" Carroll was last seen at 11:00 am leaving her home in the Green District in her 2006 Gold Toyota Sienna with a yellow scrape on the passenger side. The vehicle bears Oregon license plate WTC271. Family is concerned about her welfare at this time her destination is unknown. 

Kay is described as 4'10'' 110lbs with white hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a light blue and white striped shirt, gray sweatpants and gray shoes. 

Kay is known to frequent casinos, Dairy Queen and China Buffet. She previously lived in Coos County and has ties to the Klamath Falls area. 

Anyone having information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or dial 9-1-1. Reference Case #20-3462.

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Attached Media Files: Missing Person Flyer
Public Meeting Notice: Douglas County SB 111 Planning Authority - 07/30/20

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE: 

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County SB 111 - Response to Deadly Physical Force Planning Authority will hold a meeting on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at the Roseburg Public Safety Center, located at 700 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon 97470 to discuss updates to the Douglas County Response to Deadly Physical Force Plan.

The meeting agenda is attached and also available at: www.co.douglas.or.us  

Douglas County attempts to provide public accessibility to its services, programs and activities.

Please contact the Sheriff's Office located in Room 210 of the Justice Building at the

Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Ave. Roseburg, OR 97470

541- 440-4449, at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time if you need an accommodation.

TDD users please call Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

Attached Media Files: Meeting Agenda
Sutherlin Man Arrested for Setting Fires, Interfering with Firefighter - 07/29/20

GLIDE, Ore. - A Sutherlin man was arrested for starting six fires in the forest Tuesday night.

Around midnight, deputies were notified that Douglas Forest Protective Association had been dispatched to a reported fire northeast of Glide near McComas Creek. When firefighters arrived in the area they located an individual who was armed with a machete. The male subject wanted the firefighters to give him a ride into Glide and told them if they didn't he would set additional fires.

Deputies arrived and located the male, later identified as 39 year-old Jedediah Ezekiel Fulton of Sutherlin. Fulton was still armed with a machete. He was eventually taken into custody and admitted to setting multiple fires in the area. He told deputies he had been in the forest for approximately 3 hours and was attempting to get help. 

Fulton was transported to the Douglas County Jail where he was lodged on the following crimes, although additional charges may be pending. 

  • Reckless Burning
  • Interfering with a Firefighter
  • Menacing

DFPA  stated they located a total of six fires in the McComas Creek area with the largest fire around a quarter acre in size. The combined total of all six fires are estimated to be around one acre. Crews remained on scene of the McComas Creek Fires overnight, mopping up hot spots and securing control lines.

Investigation Underway in Glendale Stabbing - 07/21/20

GLENDALE, Ore. - On Monday, July 20, 2020, at 6:10 pm, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a report of a stabbing in the 200-block of Montgomery Ave in Glendale. 

When deputies arrived, they learned a 15 year-old was upset with a 16 year-old female juvenile and had threatened to stab her with a knife. 18 year-old Joseph Gage Fish of Glendale attempted to intervene and ended up fighting with the 15 year-old male. During the fight, Fish was stabbed in the side of the neck. The 16 year-old sustained a minor cut to her elbow during the fight. 

The suspect is known to law enforcement and his whereabouts are currently unknown, although Detectives believe he is possibly enroute to California. The suspect is not believed to be a threat to the public. 

The case is currently being investigated by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Detective's Division.

Case #20-3272

Winston Man Drowns in North Umpqua River - 07/21/20

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A Winston man drowned in the North Umpqua River Monday night. 

Shortly after 8:00 pm, on Monday, July 21, 2020, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a report of a male who was in the North Umpqua River who was not breathing. The callers directed responders to the 900-block of Echo Drive off of North Bank Road. 

When deputies arrived, they found the male on an island where CPR was being performed by bystanders. The deputies were able to get to the male by boat and bring him to shore to a waiting ambulance. 

The male was identified as 36 year-old David Duane Ham of Winston. Ham was transported to Mercy Medical Center where he later died. 

Deputies learned Ham was swimming when he began to yell for help and went under water. The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office is investigating the death. 

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Douglas County Fire District #2, Bay Cities Ambulance and Glide Fire Department. 
 

Detectives Investigate Stabbing Incident in Green - 07/21/20

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Detectives are investigating a stabbing incident which took place in the Green District Monday evening. 

On Monday, July 20, 2020, at 9:21 pm, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a report of a stabbing which had taken place in the 400-block of Harmony Drive. 

When deputies arrived, they located three individuals with injuries. Deputies learned a disturbance had taken place over money. During the disturbance, 50 year-old James Leland Nance of Idleyld Park was struck over the head with a shovel. He was transported to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance for an evaluation. 

34 year-old Jack Salberg and 34 year-old Brandon Lee Welter, both of Roseburg, sought medical attention on their own after sustaining cuts. 

Deputies also arrested 34 year-old Ryan Mark Weber and 26 year-old Autumn Storm Smith on unrelated warrants. 

Detectives are still investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call (541) 440-4471 referencing case #20-3277.

Detectives Unable to Substantiate Crime in Whistlers Bend Park Report - 07/21/20

** UPDATE 07/21/2020 9:00 AM **

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is unable to substantiate that a crime occurred in the reported noose incident found at Whistler's Bend Park in late June.

On June 22, 2020, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office became aware of a post on social media where an individual reported finding a noose outside of his yurt during a weekend trip to Whistlers Bend Park. The Sheriff's Office immediately launched an investigation. 

The patrol and detective's division put an extensive amount of time and effort into the case. Additionally, the Sheriff's Office enlisted the assistance of the FBI. 

At this time, the investigative portion of the case has concluded, based upon all leads available to investigators.

"A tremendous amount of resources and effort was put into investigating this incident," Sheriff John Hanlin said. "We take these cases very seriously and conduct thorough investigations based on the facts available to us. At this time, we are unable to substantiate that a crime occurred". 

Should new information become available, the Sheriff's Office will continue to investigate to the fullest extent. 

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** UPDATE 06/23/2020 10:45 AM **

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Detectives are following up on the reported incident at Whistlers Bend Park. Investigators have been in touch with the man who made the post on social media. 

The investigation is ongoing and the case has not been resolved. Detectives will continue gathering all relevant facts, conducting interviews and attempting to collect evidence before a disposition on the case is made. 

Anyone with information which they believe may be helpful to investigators is asked to contact the Investigations Division at (541) 440-4458.

Case 20-2748

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** ORIGINAL RELEASE 06/22/2020 6:00 PM **

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has just been made aware of a social media post where an individual reported finding a noose outside of his yurt over the weekend at Whistlers Bend Park. We are immediately opening an investigation. We take reports of potential hate crimes very seriously and will always investigate aggressively. We have not yet been contacted by the individual who posted the incident on social media, but ask they call us immediately at 541-440-4471 so that we may further the investigation.

The Sheriff's Office also asks anyone with information about the incident to contact investigators immediately, referencing the case number below.

Case #20-2748

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K9 Ozzy
K9 Ozzy
K9 Ozzy Located Canyonville Assault Suspect (Photo) - 07/20/20

CANYONVILLE, Ore. - K9 Ozzy located an assault suspect hiding in a shed on Sunday evening. 

Shortly before 4:30 pm, deputies were dispatched to a reported assault which took place at the Masonic Cemetery in Canyonville (700 N Main Street). Deputies contacted the victim who stated she had been struck in the head from behind by 33 year-old Canyonville resident Robert Matthew Frieler. The victim also stated Frieler had a knife in his hand at the time of the assault, and believed she could have been stabbed. The victim was bleeding and had a visible injury to her head. She was transported to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance for a non-life threatening injury. 

Deputies responded to a residence in the 400-block of Carlisle Court in Canyonville where Frieler was reported to have been. K9 Ozzy conducted an area search for the suspect and found Frieler hiding in a shed on the property. Frieler gave up when he was made aware the K9 was on scene and had found him. Frieler was also found to have a knife on his person.

Frieler was taken into custody and transported to the Douglas County Jail where was lodged for Assault II and Assault IV.  

The investigation is ongoing at this time. 

K9 Ozzy is a 3 year-old German Shepherd, has been with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office since the Spring of 2020. K9 Ozzy was purchased by an anonymous donor in the community and the Sheriff’s K9 program is supported private donations, the Friends of Umpqua Valley Police K9 Programs, a nonprofit organization, Bailey Veterinary Clinic and Coastal Farm and Ranch.

Attached Media Files: K9 Ozzy , Frieler, Robert M
DCSO Image
DCSO Image
Los Angeles Man Arrested Following Gun Shop Burglary, Pursuit (Photo) - 07/20/20

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. - A California man who burglarized a Myrtle Creek gun shop and stole several firearms is in custody after a pursuit. 

On Sunday, July 19, 2020, shortly before 9:00 pm, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a report of a male who had broken into a gun shop in the 100-block of Storage Way in Myrtle Creek and was loading his vehicle with firearms and ammunition. 

As deputies were responding, a Myrtle Creek Police Officer observed the suspect vehicle leave. Deputies attempted to stop the driver, when he accelerated and entered Interstate 5 southbound. The suspect lead law enforcement on a pursuit and briefly got away. A short time later, the suspect vehicle was observed in a pullout near milepost 97.

K9 Ozzy assisted taking the suspect into custody as he ran into the freeway. 

The suspect was identified as 29 year-old Dejan Anthony Sebastian of Los Angeles, California. Sebastian was charged and lodged in the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on the following charges: 

  • Burglary II x2 (C Felony)
  • Theft I x4 (C Felony)
  • Attempt to Elude Police - Vehicle (C Felony)
  • Reckless Endangering (A Misdemeanor)
  • Attempt to Elude Police - Foot (B Misdemeanor)
  • Disorderly Conduct (B Misdemeanor)

Deputies identified four firearms which were stolen from the gun shop. 

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Myrtle Creek Police Department, Roseburg Police Department and the Oregon State Police. 

(Mugshot not currently available)

Attached Media Files: DCSO Image
Fatal Log Truck Crash - 07/17/20

REEDSPORT, Ore. - A log truck crash claimed the life of a 54 year-old Lakeside man on Thursday. 

On July 16, 2020, around 9:30 am, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a report of an injury log truck crash approximately a half mile up Loon Lake Road. 

When deputies arrived on scene, they located a 1989 Freightliner over an embankment and mostly submerged in Mill Creek. The driver was identified as 54 year-old Rhett Michael Curran of Lakeside. Curan was declared deceased at the scene. The log truck was recovered from the water by Mast Brothers Towing. 

The investigation indicates speed was a contributing factor in the crash.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Douglas County Public Works, Lower Umpqua Hospital Ambulance, Reedsport Police Department and Mast Brothers.