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  1. ***Update*** Search Ongoing For Eugene Area Man And Son Swept To Sea - Curry County (Photo)

    The search for the missing persons has lasted throughout the night and this morning by the US Coast Guard. The adult male or his three year old son ave not yet been located. The adult male has been identified as 31 year old Jayson Dean THOMAS, of Elmira, Oregon.

    OSP does not usually release the names of juveniles unless there is consent by the family or if the juvenile is a public safety threat. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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    Previous Release:
    On January 15, 2016 at about 1PM, emergency personnel responded to the report of an adult male and a toddler swept out to sea on the beach near Floras Lake in Curry County.

    Preliminary information revealed a family from the Eugene area was on the beach when a 31 year old male and his 3 year old son were swept out to sea by a wave. This area of the beach has a steep angle to the water and the seas were rough at the time of the incident.

    The US Coast Guard began a search by air with two helicopters and 47 foot MLB (motor life boat). OSP Troopers and other first responders began scouring the beach using ATVs. The search from the shore lasted until about 6PM. The US Coast Guard will be searching into the night by the air and by ground.

    The name of the missing persons will be withheld until tomorrow to allow family notifications. OSP was assisted by the US Coast Guard, Curry County Sheriff's Office, Sixes River Fire, and Port Orford Fire. More information will be released tomorrow as it becomes available.
  2. ***Name Correction*** Lyons Teenager Loses Life In Highway 226 Crash - Linn County

    Drivers name is Emily not Emil

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    Previous Release:
    On January 15, 2016 at about 7:50PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 226 near milepost 22 (just west of Lyons). Upon emergency personnel arriving on scene they found a car had struck a power pole and an 18 year old female was deceased.

    Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Chrysler passenger vehicle was westbound on Highway 226 (Albany-Lyons Highway) near Rashmar Road when it lost control and left the highway. It slid down a steep embankment, struck a powerpole on the driver's side, and then rolled over. A Linn County Sheriff's Deputy was first on scene and found the driver, Emily J REEDY, age 18, of Lyons, was deceased.

    The roadway conditions were icy at the time of the crash. OSP was assisted by the Linn County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and others. More information will be released when it becomes available.
  3. ***Update - More details and photos*** Nevada Man Killed In Plane Crash Near Cape Blanco - Curry County (Photo)

    The pilot killed in Friday's aircraft crash has been identified as Raymond J WULFENSTEIN, age 80, of Pahrump, Nevada. Information from the family is that WULFENSTEIN also maintained a residence in Lakeside, Oregon.

    Investigation has revealed the on January 13, 2017 at about 11:50AM, WULFENSTEIN, radioed FAA air controllers and said he was losing sight in one of his eyes and needed to land his plane. No further radio contact was made with him thereafter. A USCG helicopter crew overheard the distress call and headed to the area to search for the aircraft.

    The FAA notified Curry County 911 that a Coast Guard helicopter was looking for a plane south of the Cape Blanco State Park. FAA requested assistance in checking the Cape Blanco State Airport to see if the aircraft had landed there. Sixes River Fire Department checked the airport and the plane was not there.

    At about 1PM, the USCG helicopter crew located the crashed airplane on the beach near the mouth of the Elk River. The crew landed the helicopter and checked on WULFENSTEIN, who had been ejected during the crash, and found him to be deceased.

    The Curry County Sheriff's Office and OSP responded to the scene. It is unknown at this time if WULFENSTEIN was attempting a beach landing, but the 1980 Piper Dakota violently collided with the sand. The plane was totaled following the crash and was later removed and taken offsite for NTSB investigators.

    No further releases are anticipated in the near future.

    ***End Release***


    Previous release:
    On January 13, 2017 about 1:20PM OSP and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crashed airplane on the ocean beach near Cape Blanco (near the mouth of Elk River).

    The US Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to search the area after overhearing a distress call between a pilot and the FAA. After a search, they located the wreckage and alerted first responders. At the scene, a deceased male was located near the wreckage who is believed to be the pilot. It is believed he suffered some sort of medical issue prior to the crash.

    First responders will remain on scene into the evening pending further investigation which will be ongoing through Saturday. OSP was assisted by the Curry County Sheriff's Office, the US Coast Guard, and Sixes River Fire. The man's name is being held pending notification to the family. This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available.

    Visit US Coast Guard's twitter at @uscgpacificnw and facebook at @uscgpnw for further details on their involvement.
  4. OSP Seeking Public's Assistance with Theft from Several Vehicles at Silver Falls State Park - Marion County (Photo)

    On December 3, 2016, OSP was notified of several vehicles broken into while parked at the 214 Trailhead at Silver Falls State Park, between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

    The subsequent investigation revealed the thefts total over $10,000 and a stolen credit card was used at three Salem businesses shortly after. The pictured male and female are suspects in the thefts and the pictured truck, or one like it is associated with the pair. The truck is a Ford, possibly with black rims and is likely a diesel.

    Anyone with information on the identity of these individuals is asked to contact Trooper Elias Breen of the OSP Salem Area Command at 503-798-5035 or ebreen@osp.state.or.us . Reference case number SP16407520.

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  5. ***Update*** Law Enforcement Investigating Fatal Crash Following Reported Kidnapping - Malheur County

    Update - Names Released:

    On Jan 9, 2017 at about 6:45 a.m.(MST), the Ontario Police Department responded to the report of a kidnapping in progress at a convenience store in Ontario. Just as Ontario Police arrived on scene, the suspect, Anthony Wayne MONTWHEELER, age 49, of Nampa, Idaho, fled in a 2014 black Dodge pickup. Officers received information that there was an adult female, Annita S. HARMON, age 40, of Weiser, Idaho, who was being held against her will, in the pickup. Officers pursued the suspect in the city then traveled south onto Highway 201.

    As the Dodge was traveling southbound, it crossed the centerline and collided with a northbound 2001 Ford Excursion. The driver of the Ford, David Joseph BATES, age 38, of Vale, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The right front passenger in the Ford, Jessica Sara BATES, age 35, of Vale, was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries. Jessica BATES was later transported to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, Idaho for further treatment. Jessica BATES is in stable condition at this time.

    MONTWHEELER received serious injuries and also taken to an area hospital where he remains. Inside the Dodge, HARMON was deceased. Investigation to HARMON's cause of death is still under investigation.

    Highway 201N near milepost 29 was closed for over six hours while investigators processed the scene. The Oregon State Police, Malheur County Sheriff's Office and the Ontario Police Department are continuing the investigation. Investigators from the Idaho State Police, Washington County Sheriff's Office and Weiser Police Department are assisting with the investigation and follow-up as needed.

    More information will be released as it becomes available.

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