Released by: Deputy Shane Zook, Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator
Release Date: 08/24/2022
Location: Dillon Falls
Deceased Subject: 41 year old Male, Bend, Or.
On 08-23-22 at about 5:25 PM, Deschutes County Dispatch received a 911 call regarding a male subject that was missing after going over Dillon Falls. The initial information obtained from the 911 caller was that a male in a tube had gone over the falls 30-35 minutes prior to the call and bystanders had not been able to locate the male.
Deputies with the the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Officers with the U.S. Forest Service, along with Bend Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and began searching for the missing subject. At about 6:19 PM, a deputy operating a drone located the male’s body in the Deschutes River, just below Dillon Falls. The deputy provided the coordinates to Bend Fire and Rescue, who were nearby. Bend Fire and Rescue located the male’s body and removed him from the river.
Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue responded with a motorized boat and transported the deceased subject down to the Aspen Camp Boat Launch.
The male’s identity is not being released at this time. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone involved with this incident, as it was a team effort by all involved.
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.