Saturday, August 12, 2017

Missing Person Found (Photo)


News Release from Linn County Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: August 12th, 2017 11:11 AM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley is pleased to report that after four days of extensive and exhaustive searching, Jerry Thomas has been found alive and well. He was found by ground crews this morning at approximately 8:55 a.m., near Daly Lake which is about three miles from the Parish Lake Trail head.

Thomas was wet and hungry but overall, in good spirits and health. Upon taking a hot shower and being reunited with his wife, who is a registered nurse, Thomas declined medical treatment.

Sheriff Riley would like to personally thank his staff, all volunteers and the listed agencies who helped in this search. Riley said, "This is a testament to the teamwork, dedication and tenacity of all involved. Being part of a life-saving mission such as this, is one of the most satisfying rewards we can experience in law enforcement. The successful outcome of this search would not have been possible if not for the services and dedication of numerous volunteers and agencies."

Today's searching alone included over 80 SAR members from numerous agencies.

The following is a list of all the agencies who assisted in the search; Linn, Lane, Jefferson, Deschutes, Benton, Yamhill, Polk, Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington County Sheriff's Offices; Linn County Sheriff's Office Mounted Posse, Oregon Army National Guard, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Mt. Jefferson Snowmobile Club, Pacific NW Search and Rescue, Linn County Amateur Radio Emergency Services, North Oregon Regional Search and Rescue, and the Sweet Home District of the USFS. Also, the Washoe County Sheriff's Office of Nevada flew in an expert in man-tracking to the scene.

Sheriff Riley would like to give a special thanks to all the Oregon Sheriffs who volunteered their staff and assets to assist in the search. Riley said, "In time of need, fellow Sheriff's ban together and Linn County citizens should be proud and appreciative of all their dedicated support."

The family has requested no media contact at this time.
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