Public Safety

Police briefs: Week of June 6

Search warrant service; suspect still at large 

■ Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies are currently searching for David J. Essary, 29 year-old-resident of Eugene. Essary is believed to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Deputies searched Essary’s home on Friday, June 3 and uncovered numerous firearms, ammunition, and ballistic vests. At least one of the firearms was confirmed as stolen while another’s serial number had been removed, as a convicted felon he is not allowed to possess these items. Essary stands approximately 5’07” and weighs approximately 200 lbs. He has brown hair, brown eyes, and tattoos on his neck and arms. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call 911. 

Death Investigation  

■ On May 26, human remains were found off of West Boundary Road. east of Lowell, in a wooded area just off the roadway. The deceased’s identity has yet to be determined, the condition of the remains indicate that the victim had likely been deceased for several weeks prior to discovery. Investigators are working with the Oregon State Police Crime Lab to determine the identity of the victim and cause of death. The death is being investigated as suspicious. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150.  

Hit and Run Incident  

■ Deputies responded to a section of Territorial Highway near Demming Road just after 1 a.m. on June 2, after receiving reports of a hit and run. While attempting to jumpstart a car, an innocent bystander was struck by another vehicle. The victim was transported to a hospital with severe injuries but is expected to recover. The next day 36 year-old Donald Robert Floyd contacted the Lane County Sheriff’s Office to turn himself in. Deputies made contact with him and have recovered the involved vehicle. Floyd was issued a citation in lieu of custody for hit & run – injury and lodged at the Lane County Jail on unrelated warrants.

Fatal Traffic Crash  

■ On June 2, deputies responded to a motorcycle vs. trailer crash on River Road, shortly after 10:30 p.m. The motorcycle driver, 55 year old Edward Peters of Eugene, was pronounced deceased on the scene. Peters was southbound on River Rd. when he struck a travel trailer being backed into a driveway. The driver, 51 year old Gary Ries of Eugene, was not injured in the crash. Peters is believed to have been consuming alcohol prior to the crash. 

Fatal Traffic Crash  

■ On June 1, just before 3 p.m., a passerby called 911 to report that a vehicle had struck a pole in the area of Gimpl Hill Road and McMorrot Lane. When authorities arrived the driver and sole occupant was found deceased, he was identified as 44 year old Donavon Brady Hagerman of Eugene. He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time.



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