Missing Hikers Found Alive

APPLEGATE LAKE, Ore. – Two hikers missing for more than five days have been found alive and well. Keith Hoover and Julie Swisher were found near Applegate Lake Sunday afternoon. The two had ventured out on Tuesday for a three day hiking trip but got lost on the second day. “They spent an additional two … Continue reading »

Minivan Pulled From Rogue River

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — Search and rescue officials say when fishermen arrived at the Robertson Bridge boat ramp this morning, they were greeted by a minivan in the middle of the Rogue River. Unsure if someone is inside, they immediately called for help. It turns out the van was empty and there are no known … Continue reading »

Search and Rescue Dogs Receive Training

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — Search and Rescue dogs are receiving special training this week to help them locate missing people. The dogs were put through a specialized course in downtown Jacksonville Friday morning and followed a scent trail toward their target. Those animals are used in search and rescue cases and for finding people who may … Continue reading »

Five K-9s Join Search and Rescue

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Sheriff’s Office has some new members who will put their best paws forward with the search and rescue team. Five K-9s are now certified with the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association. They dogs are trained to track missing people and human remains. One dog, Diesel, is still just a puppy, but … Continue reading »

Man Rescued from Bottom of Cliff

NEAR BROOKINGS, Ore. — A Brookings man was saved via a search and rescue mission Friday evening after the Curry County Sheriff’s Office got a 911 transfer call from the Brookings Police Department alerting them of the situation. Residents of the Rainbow Rock Condominiums just north of Brookings on Highway 101 reported that a male … Continue reading »

Canine Units Return from Oso Landslide

MEDFORD, Ore. — Two Jackson County search and rescue canine units have returned after helping in the Washington landslide. The teams arrived at the scene on March 31 to help search teams and worked three full days at the site. The dogs, Abby and Lily, are specially trained to track the scent of human remains. … Continue reading »

Body of Teen Found in Oregon Wilderness

The body of an Arizona teen who vanished last week was found around 6:30 Monday evening. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office ruled the investigation a suicide after it was determined Jonathan Croom hung himself from a tree just 1000 feet away from where his green SUV was located. Officials at this point have closed the … Continue reading »

Law Enforcement Horses Get De-Spooked

MEDFORD, Ore. – Mounted law enforcement got some tough love Sunday – at a horse de-spooking course. Search and Rescue and Sheriff’s Mounted Posses from multiple counties showed up to the three-day course to desensitize their horses to just about any frightening distraction imaginable. It may seem cruel, but trainers say if these horses don’t … Continue reading »

Class Begins for Local Search and Rescue

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Josephine County is training its next class of search and rescue volunteers this weekend. About 60 people met today in Grants Pass to learn the latest in survival and life saving techniques. The course lasts about a month every year. By the time it ends late April, volunteers will have 60 … Continue reading »