Public Safety & Health

POLICE BRIEFS: Week of June 13

Death investigation update

■ 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. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is now seeking the public’s help in identifying the human remains. The victim has been identified as an adult female likely between 30 and 50 years of age. She is believed to have had dark hair and to stand between 5’00” and 5’08” in height. Located with her was a white ‘Huf’ shirt with green stripes (sleeves had been removed) and a light colored shirt with an elephant print on it. 

Death investigation

■ Last week, the Sheriff’s Office received a call about an overdue surfer in the area of Heceta Beach north of Florence. Lane County Sheriff Search and Rescue along with United States Coast Guard personnel responded and began searching the area. Close to noon Monday, Coast Guard personnel located a deceased subject in the water not far from where the overdue surfer was believed to have been surfing. The identity of the deceased person located in the ocean north of Florence yesterday has been confirmed as 31-year-old Stefen Ray Nutter of Florence. Nutter was reported missing Wednesday after not returning from a surfing trip in the area.

Motor vehicle crash

■ On June 12, 2022, just after midnight Lane County Sheriff’s deputies along with fire personnel responded to E. 30th Ave. near Eldon Schafer Dr. regarding a multi-vehicle crash. On scene deputies were able to determine that a 2000 Toyota Camry rear ended a 2000 Dodge Van. This caused the van to rear end a 2020 Toyota RAV-4. Five patients were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Impairment and road-rage are being investigated as factors contributing to the crash. The Sheriff’s Office is unable to release additional details at this point in the investigation.

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