Willamette Valley News, Wednesday 8/3 – Lane County Death Investigation into Teen Drowning at Fern Ridge Reservoir, Bystander Helps Woman To Escape Out Window in Eugene Apartment Fire

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

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Lane County Death Investigation into Teen Drowning at Fern Ridge Reservoir

Monday afternoon at about 3:55pm, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a swimmer at Fern Ridge Reservoir had gone underwater and not resurfaced.  The swimmer was last seen about 30 feet off of the bank at the Richardson Park day-use swimming area.  Deputies were on scene within about 15 minutes. 

Divers from the Lane County Sheriff volunteer dive team also responded and began searching the area in the water where the victim had last been seen. 

Sergeant Steve Sieczkowski with the Lane County Sherriff’s Office said that they immediately hooked up the boat when they received the call. He said they were out on the water searching for Van Brocklin within 15 minutes from the initial call.

“We were closer than the other units, so we were able to get there in a quick order,” Sieczkowski said. “We have specialized equipment on our boats that send sonar signals out. So, when we are doing our search patterns, we are actually sending a signal out to look for anomalies in the water, and then we are able to mark those for a diver to go down depending on how deep it is.”

He said during this scanning process, they’re not just searching the top surface water.

“The equipment sends out the signals left and right of the boat, reporting back a signal on our screen that we can visualize and do several passes and get various pictures of the bottom of the floor,” Sieczkowski said.

He said on the way to Fern Ridge, they called in the dive team and drone operator. But he said the Marine Patrol was in Cottage Grove on another search and rescue mission.

“Our divers are volunteers that have other jobs. They made themselves available and came to the location,” Sieczkowski said. “They had to obviously go grab their gear and whatever they needed to dive safely, and then everybody just headed there as quickly as they could.”

Everyone hoped for a different outcome. With tears in his eyes, Sieczkowski said their crews were extremely dedicated to finding Van Brockin as quickly as possible. About three hours later, the victim was located deceased under the surface of the water just prior to 7:00pm. He was not wearing a life jacket.

The identity of the victim, a 17 year old male, is Jeremy Van Brocklin and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends in this time of trauma and loss.

Traffic Team investigates fatal collision involving train and pedestrian in Salem

Salem, Ore. — An early morning collision along the Union Pacific (UP) rail line in southeast Salem resulted in a fatality.

Emergency responders were called to the area of 14th and Hines STS SE just after 6:00 a.m. Tuesday on the report of a train striking a man walking along the railroad tracks. 

The Salem Police Traffic Team’s preliminary investigation indicates the person was walking along the track as the northbound train approached. The rail crew sounded the horn and attempted to stop the train but could not avoid the collision. The man was declared deceased at the scene.

The name of the decedent will not be released pending notification to the family.

Due to the length of the train, traffic impacts occurred where the UP tracks cross at about the 1400 block of Hines ST SE and also at McGilchrist ST SE where the line runs parallel to Pringle RD SE. The train was released from the scene by UP officials at approximately 11:00 a.m.

Bystander Helps Woman To Escape Out Window in Eugene Apartment Fire

An apartment complex in the Bethel neighborhood is seriously damaged after a fire early Tuesday morning.

Eugene Springfield Fire reportedly arrived at a house fire at 294 Bethel Dr. just after 7:15 a.m. on August 2.

“This guy was telling me,  ‘just jump!’ And so finally I felt that heat so bad I just went ahead on jumped on him,” said Louanna Shaw, a resident who was on the second floor of the building.

Shaw says the only way out of the building was the front door — which was covered in flames — or the window.

“Immediately, I feel the heat of the fire. It was on my left shoulder and my back and I’m like, I’ve got to get out of here,” Shaw said.”

Fortunately for Shaw, Rob Rogers who, works next door at Commerical Dehydrator Systems, had just started his shift and he sprang into action.

“We heard some loud screaming and we heard people screaming to ‘get water, get water, there’s a fire!’ We came out to our walkway right here and we noticed black smoke that was coming up over our building, and we noticed it was the building directly next door to us,” Rogers said.

Rogers said he told his co-worker to grab a ladder from their warehouse. They propped it up between a fence and the building, and Shaw slid down to the ground. She said she’s never met Rogers before, but if he wasn’t there, she may not have made it out of the building.

“That means a lot. I get kind of emotional,” Rogers said. “I just saw the look of panic in her face and I was even telling her, ‘if you have to just fall on me.’ If she had to just fall on me I will try my best to break her fall. I’m just glad she got out of there without any serious injury,” Rogers said.

Battalion Chief Scott Bishop said one man was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries.

“No other injuries to occupants, no injuries to fire service personnel,” said Bishop. “The cause is under investigation. We are working jointly with the Eugene Springfield Fire Marshal’s Office and the Eugene Police Department to do that.

Bishop said there is no timeline on how long the investigation may take because each fire varies on a case-by-case basis.

GoFundMe page has been set up for some of those who lost belongings in the fire.

Tenants displaced by Eugene apartment fire last week reporting looting at their old units and hard to find other housing

Early last Wednesday morning, crews found heavy fire at Riviera Village Apartments on River Road. Firefighters were challenged by access and a downed power line, and the damage is leaving families displaced.

Those families are now speaking out on potential looting and the struggles to find a new place.  Following the apartment fire last week in Eugene, displaced tenants are now reporting looting at their old units.

“And I never ever, ever in my thoughts thought I’d ever be homeless. I don’t really know where to turn from there.” Her unit is now unlivable. “I don’t have electricity. And the structure itself has been damaged.”

She’s concerned now about looting. “The air conditioner was pushed in, but they were not able to get it all the way in because I had a table in front of the air conditioner and then part of my screen was torn down on one side.”

She and her two sons are currently staying with family and friends throughout the process of trying to find a new apartment.

But the hunt for a new place is becoming hard on her kids, one of which is about to start high school.

“They don’t have bedrooms anymore. They’re living out of boxes. And they understand why; but it’s just they’re concerned about not going to the school that they’re used to and being around with their friends.”

And with no relief from rental insurance. “I let mine lapse. Being a single mom, it’s been difficult paying for things with the cost of rent.”

Those rental costs are making it even harder to find a new place. “Even for the worst looking apartments you can find in town, the oldest and worst looking apartments, they’re still for a two-bedroom $1400 on up.”

She says the complex and the Red Cross have provided some assistance. “We each received a $515 debit card, and it was supposed to be used towards housing; but in reality, for any decent hotel where it’s safe to stay at, are over $100 [a night], so it’s really helping us out maybe 3 days?”

But now they’re asking for them to do more…”Allow us to continue the rent that we were already paying in the apartments that we lost in those other units, so it was easier to move to them. And be writing out checks right there on the scene.”

Ortiz says she’s also reached out to other local agencies to try and find a new place. As of right now, they don’t know what caused the fire.

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McKinney Fire and Yeti Complex (Alex and China 2 Fires) Perimeter Updates as of 8/3/22 7 AM (Siskiyou County, CA)  From InciWeb:

“Lower temperatures and higher relative humidity, including rain over some areas of the fire, moderated fire behavior allowed firefighters to make good progress on the fire yesterday. In the absence of the explosive fire behavior observed previously, firefighters were able to take a more direct posture and engage directly on the McKinney, China 2, and Alex fires.

On the McKinney Fire west of Yreka, direct line has been initiated along Humbug Ridge down to Baldy Gap. This area received significant rain Sunday night, and the wet fuels will allow line improvement to continue over the next few days. On the southeast portion of the fire, dozers are working east to open up access to the fireline from Scott Bar. This will allow crews and equipment to have better access to the fire. Crews are also working around structures in that area. Dozers are working the northwest corner while four hotshot crews build direct line on the northern edge.

The China 2 fire has burned up to dozer lines on China Peak as well as to Highway 96. Firefighters will continue to work those lines to hold the fire. Engine crews are prepping structures south of Highway 96.

There was no significant movement on the Alex Fire. Helicopters assisted hand crews on the ground with water drops”

An infrared flight was conducted last night over the fires. Based on the current known perimeter data, the McKinney Fire is estimated to be 57,519 acres and the China 2 Fire is estimated at 2,986 acres. The Alex Fire was last mapped at 151 acres. Containment remains listed at 0% for all fires at this time.

For a full link to fire information please see the InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/8287/70067/

For evacuation information click the link: https://community.zonehaven.com/?latlon=41.82241712634084,-122.95539351264563&z=10.422241185395976&fbclid=IwAR2NcFJOcoJmIzHjkxPtLrrSw7OnxuzmPojFrcLUgelVl85ZxR7haS29xKA

Here is an update on fires in Central and Southern Oregon from Central Oregon Fire Information and from the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.

Central Oregon – Firefighters worked late and stayed out overnight on a number of the existing fires across central Oregon. There was no significant growth on any of the incidents despite gusty winds from passing thunderstorms. Resources responded to two additional fires yesterday evening.

Fly Creek Fire

Control lines held on the Fly Creek Fire overnight, it remains 280 acres and 25% contained. Seven engines, two handcrews, Prineville IHC, four water tenders and two dozers are on scene today. Air support will be available as needed and will be dipping out of Lake Billy Chinook. Portions of the lake will be closed for public safety again today where air resources are working. A high priority today is connecting control lines from the two northern corners of the fire perimeter into the Metolius River with dozer or hand line. Firing operations may be utilized if needed to secure these control lines if weather conditions are favorable. Additionally, firefighters will focus on establishing control lines along the western edge and southeast corner of the fire, the sections of the perimeter without dozer line. Thunderstorms are expected over the fire area today which may bring gusty winds.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office dropped the Level 2 evacuation notice for Three Rivers down to a Level 1 this morning. The Level 3 evacuation notice for the Perry South and Monty Campgrounds remains in place. For information on evacuations, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/JeffersonCountyORSheriff.

Windigo Fire

  • 20 miles SW of La Pine
  • Start 7/30.
  • Full Suppression.
  • Cause: Unknown.
  • 1,300 acres
  • 0% containment
  • Timber
  • Active fire behavior
  • Evacuations in effect. Road, trail and area closures. IMT2, NW
  • Team 6 (Sheldon) assumed command at 0600 today to manage Potter and Windigo incidents.

Tolo Mountain Fire

The Tolo Mountain Fire burning on the Deschutes National Forest remains 41 acres and is now 75% contained.

With increased containment, crews will begin leaving the incident tomorrow to be reassigned to new or existing fires in the west. Local unit firefighters will continue mopping up the fire area until full containment is reached.

The local Type 3 Incident Management Team under the command of Jason Gibb will be transitioning management of the fire back to the Crescent Ranger District today at 8:00pm. Once full containment is reached, the District will continue to monitor the area in the coming days.

This will be the final update for the Tolo Mountain Fire, which was started by lighting on July 27, 2022.

Potter Fire

  • 8 Miles NE of Clearwater
  • Start 7/31
  • Full Suppression
  • Cause: Lightning
  • 400 acres
  • 0% containment
  • Timber
  • Moderate fire behavior
  • Road, trail and area closures. IMT2, NW
  • Team 6 (Sheldon) assumed command at 0600 today to manage Potter and Windigo incidents. No new information received.

Other fires

One engine responded to Incident 521 in the Green Ridge area near the Fly Creek Fire last night. The fire is less than a half-acre. One more engine and a handcrew will be on scene working the fire today.

An eighth start, Incident 522, was detected yesterday evening near the cluster of seven single tree starts located north and northeast of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness area near the intersection of George Millican Rd. and Reservoir Rd. The fire is on Prineville District BLM land and is a tenth-of-an acre. One engine worked the fire late last night and resources will be on scene again today.

Firefighters made good progress last night on Incidents 512-518 which are located north and northeast of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness area near the intersection of George Millican Rd. and Reservoir Rd. Resources will continue mopping up these seven fires today.

Smoke Jumpers were not able to access Incident 519 located in the Mt. Thielsen Wilderness on the Deschutes National Forest last night, but they plan to respond today.

The 1-acre Juniper Creek Fire remains 50% contained and resources will continue mopping up today. Incident 505, located near the Fly Creek Fire, held overnight and there was little movement. Resources will be mopping up and cold trailing that fire today. All lines held overnight on Incident 506 as well near Lava Lake, resources will

Oregon Fire Marshal Addresses Concerns About New Defensible Space Codes

Oregon lawmakers passed a wildfire protection law in 2021. Now, the State Fire Marshal’s office is developing new requirements for defensible space and wildfire protection.

Oregon State Police : Oregon Defensible Space Code : Office of the State  Fire Marshal : State of Oregon

The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office is holding six weeks of town halls as they finalize new defensible space requirements for wildfire protection.

The office is gathering information about how to improve defensible space requirements for property owners at high risk of wildfire.

Assistant Chief Deputy Chad Hawkins spent much of a Tuesday town hall in Ashland clearing up misconceptions about what the upcoming code will do.

“A couple times I’ve heard the comment or the phrase ‘trim the rose bushes’ or ‘cut down the rose bushes,’” says Hawkins. “All we’re asking, or what we’re looking for is to make sure that those rose bushes don’t have any dead or dying material underneath them.”

The new requirements may tell building owners to do things like trimming low tree branches and cleaning up dead vegetation.

Hawkins adds the code will be flexible to meet different needs across the state. The only basis for the new requirements is the language in the International Wildland-Urban Interface Code.

Some of the over 50 attendees at the Ashland town hall had concerns about how the state will enforce the new defensible space code. Hawkins says the code will be adopted by December, but that doesn’t mean it’ll take effect immediately.

“We need to build the program around what inspection, what enforcement, and what education we can do to really socialize folks to what defensible space is, before we can have that expectation of enforcement,” he says.

Having the defensible space codes finished by January allows people to start making those changes around their homes and businesses before they’re actually required.

Hawkins also reassured people that financial penalties for non-compliance aren’t currently being considered. Lawmakers allowed the fire marshal to set fines if they’d like, but Hawkins says the team is considering other approaches right now.

A draft of the code is expected to be available by early fall.

Oregon PUC Approves Income-Qualified Utility Discount for Avista Customers

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved Avista’s program to offer income-qualifying residential customers an ongoing discount to their monthly bills. To qualify, customers must be at or below 60 percent of the state median income (SMI) level. 

House Bill 2475, passed during Oregon’s 2021 Legislative Session, gave the PUC authority to consider the financial burden of energy costs when making decisions about rates, bill credits, and program discounts for customers of investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities. This bill, known as the Energy Affordability Act, allows the PUC to consider equity in the ratemaking process to make energy more affordable for all Oregonians. 

“Historically, income was not considered in energy rates,” said Megan Decker, PUC Chair. ”This program will help provide relief to families who typically pay a higher percentage of their income to cover the cost of necessary utility services. We appreciate the collaboration among Avista, many organizations representing customers, and PUC Staff to deliver a strong program and significant discount.”

The monthly bill discounts are calculated as a percentage of the bill and are offered at four levels based on total household income when compared to the SMI level. View the current Oregon SMI energy assistance eligibility matrix to determine eligible discount level. Additionally as part of this program, Avista is providing assistance for customers between 60 and 80 percent of the SMI level who are experiencing a hardship and need temporary assistance with their natural gas bill. 

Total Household IncomePercentage of Bill Discount
At or below 5% of SMI90% discount
6 – 20% of SMI60% discount
21 – 40%  of SMI25% discount
41 – 60% of SMI15% discount

Individuals who have received energy assistance through state or federal assistance programs in the last two years will be automatically enrolled in the program at the lowest discount tier. Starting October 1, 2022, those wishing to apply for the monthly bill discount or believe they qualify for a higher tier, as well as those wanting to be considered for temporary hardship assistance should contact their local Community Action Agency or Avista at myavista.com/about-us/our-community/assistance-programs or call (800) 227-9187. At the time of enrollment, the customer will be asked to declare their household size and qualifying income in order to be placed in the appropriate discount level. Avista customers with past due balances who qualify for the monthly bill discount may also qualify to have that balance forgiven, depending on their approved discount level.

Avista has deferred the costs of this program and has elected to not recover the costs through an increase in customer rates until more information is available to inform a rate adjustment.  

# # # The PUC regulates customer rates and services of the state’s investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities, including Portland General Electric, Idaho Power, Pacific Power, Avista, Cascade Natural, and NW Natural. The PUC also regulates landline telephone providers and select water companies. The PUC’s mission is to ensure Oregonians have access to safe, reliable, and fairly priced utility services that advance state policy and promote the public interest. We use an inclusive process to evaluate differing viewpoints and visions of the public interest and arrive at balanced, well-reasoned, independent decisions supported by fact and law. For more information about the PUC, visit oregon.gov/puc.          

Who To Ask About A Free Air Conditioner If You’re On The Oregon Health Plan

Oregonians receiving healthcare through Medicaid and Medicare may be wondering how they can get a free unit to cope with high summer temperatures.

The Oregon Health Authority has purchased 3,000 portable air conditioners and has received and shipped 1,000 of them through a new program meant to prevent heat illness for people on public health plans. OHA has reached out to some patients directly and has coordinated the distribution of some units through local nonprofit organizations.

Separately, the state’s “coordinated care organizations,” such as PacificSource Health Plans, also have money to buy air conditioners for Oregon Health Plan patients who qualify.

Coordinated care organizations provide health care for people who are on the Oregon Health Plan, so if you are on OHP, you may be able to get a unit, depending on your health situation.

Most people in Marion and Polk counties who are on the Oregon Health Plan get healthcare through PacificSource.

If you’re a member, you can call PacificSource’s customer service line at 888-977-9299. PacificSource will ask you about your living situation, any health diagnoses and other questions to screen you to see whether you qualify for an AC unit, said Erin Fair Taylor, vice president of Medicaid Programs for PacificSource.

“Unfortunately, we can’t buy every member an air conditioner, but what we can do is for individuals who have particular heat-affected conditions, they qualify to receive an air conditioning unit,” Fair Taylor said. “So what we’re really trying to do is to make sure that the people who are most vulnerable to heat events can support their health needs. And so one way to do that is through air conditioners.”

People with some health conditions can be more susceptible to heat illness. Heat can be especially dangerous for young kids and older adults.

If you go through this process and qualify, it can be done over the phone without a doctor’s appointment, order or note, Fair Taylor said.

PacificSource also will work with you on the best way to get the unit delivered to your home.

“In most cases, we have been able to get delivery of a unit either same day or next day,” Fair Taylor said. “Not all. Sometimes, depending on where people live, it may take a couple of days, but we try to get it there as quickly as we can.”

Demand for air conditioners has gone up in the past year, Fair Taylor said.

“Starting, really, with last year and the extreme heat event that we experienced in 2021, awareness about how important having the ability to cool off has been raised,” Fair Taylor said. “And so we’ve had an increase in requests for air conditioning units since last year and have purchased many more air conditioning units in the last 12 months or so than we had in prior years.”

She said PacificSource has enough money to buy units and increased its funding to meet the increased demand for ACs. They haven’t run into supply chain issues yet, even though the provider buys the units on an ad hoc basis through retailers as an individual customer would.

Fair Taylor said PacificSource has reached out to 790 members who are at the highest risk of heat-related conditions —like if they have congestive heart failure or were hospitalized recently — to ask if they wanted an AC unit.

PacificSource has nearly 328,000 members in Marion, Polk, Lane, Hood River, Wasco, Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook counties and in the Portland metro area.

If you are a member of OHP through Trillium Community Health Plan, you can call their customer service number at 541-485-2155, or 877-600-5472, or TTY 711 and make the request.

The Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Campaign Encourages People To Think About How Alcohol Consumption Impacts Their Lives And Communities

 Excessive alcohol use is the third leading cause of preventable deaths in Oregon. More than 2,000 Oregonians die each year from excessive alcohol use, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Now OHA is asking you to “Rethink the Drink” in a new public health campaign to raise alcohol consumption awareness.

While drinking is a part of our culture and celebrations, it can also have a negative impact. From the loss of productivity to healthcare and motor vehicle crashes, alcohol use cost the state about $4.8 billion dollars in 2019, according to one report✎ EditSign That is about $1,100 a year for every person in the state.

“Alcohol affects all of us, even those of us who don’t drink, because of the impact on our society and the costs,” said Dr. Tom Jeanne with the Oregon Health Authority.

Rethink the Drink asks people to consider the role alcohol plays in their lives and community. Dr. Jeanne said that this does not mean everyone must completely stop drinking alcohol altogether; rather that they should take time to understand the impact and adjust their lifestyle accordingly.

“I think understanding what the latest science says is excessive drinking is important for us to all be aware of,” he said.

In the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Oregon saw a 21% increase in death directly attributed to alcohol compared to the year before. While we’ve seen an increase in excessive drinking during the pandemic, Dr. Jeanne said that it has been a growing trend nationwide and here in Oregon over the past few decades.

More than one in five people in Oregon drink excessively, according to OHA. It’s not just a problem for young people — those in their 30s and 40s binge drink at nearly the same rates as people in their 20s.

“Over time alcohol wreaks havoc on the body; increases blood pressure, affects many organs; in which the liver is the worst,” said Dr. James Polo, executive medical director for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon. “Alcohol also increases your risk for many cancers. So, over time alcohol can be very damaging to the body.”

Elevated health risks include prostate, breast, colon, and other cancers; cardiac conditions; depression; anxiety and memory loss; and three types of liver disease.

“There are two types of drinking that we worry about — binge drinking, when people just drink a lot of alcohol in a very short period of time, or people who have heavy use and over time they’re drinking more and more and more,” Polo said.

So, what is considered “heavy” drinking?

For a cisgender man, it is 15 drinks or more per week. For a cisgender woman, it’s eight drinks or more a week.

Binge drinking is when a man has five or more standard drinks in a couple of hours. For a woman, it’s four or more drinks.

“Understanding that is key — but also, just thinking about if you’re drinking more than you think you would like to drink and understanding, maybe, some of the impacts it’s having on your life,” Jeanne said.

If you think you might have a problem with alcohol there are resources available at any time. In a crisis, the 988 mental health crisis line is always there via phone call or text.

For less urgent help, Dr. Polo said to start with your primary care doctor.

“Be honest, because there might be some other health considerations to look at – at the same time most doctors will be able to readily encourage individuals, explain concerns about what overuse might be, and then also provide resources,” he said.

Remember to look out for the people in your life. Dr. Polo said to speak up if you notice someone may be struggling.

“You have to approach folks with facts, offer what you’re observing, no judgment, tell them why you’re concerned, show them that you care,” he said.

“I think it’s trying to raise awareness and it’s also important to note, we’re not telling people to stop drinking. We’re just asking that they pause for a moment and think about the way alcohol is prevalent in their own lives,” Dr. Jeanne said.

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Women Missing Since May 1st 2022 between Medford, Grants Pass and Roseburg per Oregon State Police

MAKENNA KENDALL                                   5/3/2022
ERICA LEE  HUTCHINSON                          5/26/2022                          
MARIAH DANIELLE SHARP                          6/12/2022          
KAITLYN RAE NELSON                                  6/14/2022                 
BROOKLYN JOHNS                                     6/14/2022
DONNA LEPP                                               6/27/2022  
BARBARA  DELEPINE                                    7/4/2022                     
****KENDRA MARIE HANKS                              7/7/2022 FOUND MURDERED 7/21/2022
CORI BOSHANE MCCANN                             7/8/2022
SHYHAILA SMITH 7/12/2022
ALEZAE LILYANNE MARTINEZ 7/13/2022
RAVEN RILEY                                                7/13/2022
TAHUANA RILEY                                        7/13/2022
DANIELLE NEWVILLE 7/14/2022
CONNIE LORAINE BOND 7/19/2022
KARIN DAWN RUSSELL 7/19/2022
CHEYENNE SPRINGS 7/19/2022
KAREN ANNETTE SCIORTINO 7/22/2022
MARLENE HICKEY 7/23/2022
MAKAYLA MAY VAUGHT 7/23/2022
WENDY JEAN HAZEN 7/26/2022
SHAHE SOPHIA CATRANIDES 7/27/2022

Women Missing Since May 1st 2022 in Lane County per Oregon State Police

REISA RAQUEAL SIKEL                            5/3/2022
HANNAH MARIE RHOTEN                             5/17/2022
MARISSA ALEESA DAMBROSIO                  5/18/2022
ISABELLA BROSOWSKEYOUNGBLOOD    6/7/2022             
LOUISA DAY AVA                                           5/28/2022             
AMY CHRISTINA SULLIVAN                          6/1/2022
NIKKI ELIZABETH  ZEREBNY                              6/6/2022
SHADOW STAR SEVIGNY                               6/17/2022
SHAUNA LEAH HOGAN                             6/17/2022
AIRIONNA CHEALSEY RHODES                    6/27/2022           
KARISSA RENEE ADAMS                                7/6/2000
VERONICA ESSYNCE DELERIO                    7/6/2022
AUBRIE HANNA STEPHENS                           7/10/2022     
LARA IVEY STEINMETZ                                 7/11/2022
SARA LINDSAY SCHAEFER                            7/12/2022
ANGELINA MARIE NAZAR 7/16/2022
LUCIA MARTHA PANNIER 7/17/2022
MALINA LINN COATS 7/20/2022
KATHY A VERNACCHIO 7/23/2022
LILLY ANNE WARMUTH 7/28/2022
MALINA LINN COATS 7/29/2022
JORDYN CLARA GOHL 7/31/2022
QAVAH ALAH TILLILIE 7/31/2022

As of 8/2/2022, there are now 44 women missing between Medford and Eugene. Sadly Kendra Hanks has been found murdered, though that takes her off the list. We send thoughts and prayers to her family as well as the families of all missing people in our area.

44 women missing in 3 months. That averages out to 14+ missing per month. Something needs to be done.

This is just a small compilation of missing women’s pictures in the area. There are of course women missing all over Oregon and men and children missing too. We don’t mean to dismiss that, however, there is an inordinate amount of women who go missing each week and there could possibly be a connection with an anomaly or two here and there. Sadly most of them never get any attention. Family and friends must keep any information going and lead investigations so that they aren’t just forgotten. https://www.oregon.gov/osp/missing/pages/missingpersons.aspx

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Willamette Valley News, Friday 7/23 – Another Multi-Vehicle Crash Shuts Down I-105 and Coburg Road, ATM Machine Stolen at Lane County Fairgrounds

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Willamette Valley News, Thursday 1/13 – Willamette National Forest Drops Plans to Log More Than 400 Miles of Roads In Wildfire Area, Lane County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Tips in Commercial Burglary

Renee Shaw

Willamette Valley News, Thursday 3/11 – Major Update in the Murder of a Springfield Youth Farm Caretaker: Connected to Reedsport Officer-Involved Shooting, ShakeAlert(R) Earthquake Early Warning System Goes Live in Oregon Today

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