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Simmons, Lynn
Simmons, Lynn
Lynn Simmons Located Safe (Photo) - 06/12/24

UPDATE 06/12/2024 3:30 PM

SUTHERLIN, Ore. - Lynn Simmons, the subject of a multi-day search in Sutherlin has been safely reunited with his family.

On Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at approximately 9:20 a.m., Douglas County Dispatch received a report from a citizen that they observed Mr. Simmons walking along Plat K Road in Sutherlin. Searchers were in the area receiving assignments for a continued search effort at the time. Deputies responded and confirmed the male was in fact Mr. Simmons. 

Mr. Simmons spoke with deputies and indicated he had become lost. He was found to be wet and thirsty, but uninjured. He was transported to his residence where he was reunited with his family. EMS personnel evaluated Mr. Simmons who did not require transport. 

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the community and residents who assisted in the search and were understanding of the efforts being conducted to locate him. 

Douglas County Search and Rescue was assisted by the following entities during the search: 

  • Oregon State Police - Aviation
  • REACH Air Medical Services
  • Douglas County SAR Fixed Wing Air Support 
  • Jackson County Sheriff's Office - Search and Rescue
  • Josephine County Sheriff's Office - Search and Rescue
  • Coos County Sheriff's Office - Search and Rescue
  • Lane County Sheriff's Office - Search and Rescue
  • Oregon State Search and Rescue Coordinator
  • Sutherlin Police Department
  • Fair Oaks Fire Department
  • Sutherlin Water Control District 

ORIGINAL RELEASE 06/10/2024 11:00 PM

SUTHERLIN, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Division is currently searching for a 68-year-old Sutherlin man. 

On June 9, 2024, at approximately 9:00 pm, 68-year-old Lynn Simmons left his residence on foot in the 300-block of Justa Lane in Sutherlin. Simmons is legally blind and has mental health diagnoses. Simmons was last seen walking toward Nonpareil Road. He was known to be wearing a dark shirt and jeans. Simmons is 5'11"., 170 lbs with shoulder length graying brown hair and blue eyes. 

Deputies and volunteers are searching the area on foot and by air. Residents in the area are encouraged to review their surveillance footage for any signs of Mr. Simmons and report their findings to the Sheriff's Office at (541) 440-4471 referencing case #24-2351.

The Sheriff's Office is currently being assisted by the Oregon State Search and Rescue Coordinator. Requests for assistance have also been made to Josephine and Jackson County Search and Rescue programs. 

Attached Media Files: Simmons, Lynn
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Free Medication Take-Back Event in Canyonville (Photo) - 05/25/24

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is hosting a free medication take-back Friday, June 14, 2024, at the South Umpqua Fire Department. 

The event allows residents who have unwanted or expired prescription or over-the-counter medications to turn them over to law enforcement for safe disposal. The event will be held in the parking lot of the South Umpqua Fire Department and will run from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. 

“Safe disposal of medications is important to mitigate accidental poisonings, addiction and abuse," Lt. Brad O'Dell said. “Additionally, it can prevent environmental risks from improper disposal; such as ending up in wastewater treatment plants due to flushing them down toilets or sinks or throwing them into the garbage which ends up in landfills.”

There is no fee to participate in the take-back event and there is no need to show identification or fill out paperwork. Here is a recap of the event details: 

WHEN: FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2024 | 9am-1pm

Attached Media Files: Event Graphic