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MEDIA RELEASE

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Incident:                     Possession of Meth Arrest

Location:                    1152 Main St, Springfield Oregon

Case Number:           18-1619          

Date/Time:                 February 22nd 2018/ 2228hrs

More Information:    Lt McKee 541-726-3691 

Completed By:           Sergeant Kirkpatrick

 

SUSPECT: Baca, Kyle Jonathan 20 year old White male Homeless

                                   

CHARGES:    Possession of Meth (Felony)

                        Menacing

Interfering with Police

                        Resisting Arrest

                        Criminal Mischief I

                       

NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT:  On February 22nd at 10:28pm Officers responded to a report of a disorderly subject breaking items at the Regency motel at 1152 Main St.  Upon arrival Officers observed Baca standing outside a motel room on the second floor.  He was violently swinging a wooden bat shaped object.  His arms were covered in blood, and he began threatening Officers with the object.  As additional Officers began responding, Baca challenged the Officers to shoot him using the bat as a weapon.  He suddenly threw the bat at a nearby motel room window causing it to shatter.  He then jumped onto a neighboring roof and fled eastbound on foot.  Officers surrounded him in a yard.  He charged the Officers with his fists clenched.  Despite numerous orders to stop and get on the ground, Baca continued his charge and was tazed.  As soon as the Tazer stopped, he jumped up and continued at the Officers in a deliberate attempt to assault them.  He was tazed a second time, and taken into custody before he was able to get up.  Baca was under the influence of meth, and treated at a local Hospital before being lodged at the Lane County Jail. 

 

Inside his motel room a bag of meth was located.  It was greater than the misdemeanor quantity, so he was charged with a felony.  Officers showed great poise during this potential deadly force encounter, with an offender who demonstrated he would not be taken into custody without risking his own life.

 

Inmate photo not yet available.

 


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MEDIA RELEASE

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

 

Incident:                                   False threat information goes viral                   

Date/Time:                                   2/20/2018 @ 7:30  p.m.

More Information:                     Officer Eric Todd       

Completed By:                           Officer Eric Todd

 

Earlier today, Springfield Police identified the source of a concerning report of a threat to Springfield High School students. The information was traced to a misunderstanding in which a misinformation was shared over and over until the original message was distorted. Following a discussion with the original individual it seems the widely publicized upcoming national student walkout in protest of school violence was misconstrued and believed to be associated with a potential threat against the high school.

 

Since that time, the message has continued to be shared over and over through text message and social media. Alert students and parents have continued to report the possible threat to law enforcement. While SPD appreciates the diligence in reporting any suspected concerns, officers are confident, there is no current threat to Springfield schools tomorrow associated with any student walk out.

 

At this time police are asking that students, parents and community members cease to perpetuate the rumor of an act of violence during a student walkout “tomorrow.” This rumor has been deemed just that, a rumor.

 

Springfield Police and the Springfield School District continue to work in partnership to ensure student and staff safety.

 

Anyone with new or different information is asked to call the Springfield Police Department at 541.726.3714.

 

MEDIA NOTE: School Resource Officer Todd will be available for interviews at the Springfield Police Department until 8:00 p.m.

 


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SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

Incident:                                       Increased Safety Awareness Patrols

Location:                                    Springfield

Case Number:                           

Date/Time:                                   February 15, 2018

More Information:                     Lieutenant Scott McKee        

Completed By:                           Lieutenant Scott McKee

 

 

Over the next few weeks, the Springfield Police Department will have additional officers focusing on DUII, safety belt, speed and distracted driving. These additional patrols and safety awareness efforts are made possible with the assistance of grant funding.

 

Springfield police have noticed previous Safety Awareness events have improved driver awareness, reduced traffic crashes and limited distracted driving, which help keep our community and roads safe.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Springfield Police Department at 541.726.3714.


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SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

 

Incident:                                       Disturbance ends in apparent suicide                           

Location:                                    S 55th & Holly Street, Springfield

Case Number:                            18-1318

Date/Time:                                   February 12, 2018 @ 10:00 p.m.

More Information:                     Lieutenant Scott McKee        

Completed By:                           Lieutenant Scott McKee

 

At 7:00 p.m. tonight Springfield police responded to a home at the 900 block of S 55th Street after receiving an emergency call from the female resident saying her husband had fired a gun inside the home after threatening behavior.  Patrol officers arrived and established a hasty perimeter around the home and evacuated the woman and her two teenage children hiding within the attached garage.  Nearby residents were evacuated or asked to shelter in place during the incident that ended with the discovery of the man deceased inside the home at about 9:00 p.m.  Police believe the man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

 

The Springfield police SWAT Team entered and searched the home after numerous attempts at calling inside via telephone and loud-hailer failed to produce a response. 

 

The name of the man is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin. 

 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Springfield Police Department at 541.726.3714.

Update: 

The deceased in this case is Timothy Michael Kurtz, DOB – 08/03/1969

 


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SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Incident:                                       This Teresa does not work for the IRS                         

Location:                                    Springfield/Eugene

Case Number:                            18-2101

Date/Time:                                   2/9/18 @ 1:30 p.m.

More Information:                     Lieutenant Scott McKee        

Completed By:                           Lieutenant Scott McKee

 

After staying on the phone with a scammer posing as an IRS collector for over four hours, a Eugene man is feeling the pain of having been swindled.

 

It all began Thursday when a woman identifying herself as “Teresa” with the IRS, called the victim told him he owed back taxes totaling $9,800.  At Teresa’s direction the man drove to the Best Buy in Springfield, Target in Springfield, Walmart on Goodpasture in Eugene and Target on West 11th Avenue in Eugene between 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  He purchased gift cards at each of these merchants totaling $9,800 and then provided the codes to each of the cards to Teresa. 

 

Be suspicious of anyone who directs you to pay debt via gift cards, especially Teresa from the IRS. 

 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Springfield Police Department at 541.726.3714.

 


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SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Incident:                                       Police investigate fatal pedestrian crash                      

Location:                                    South 63rd Street & Main Street

Case Number:                            18-1209                                      

Date/Time:                                   February 8, 2018 @ 9:08 p.m.

More Information:                     Lieutenant Scott McKee        

Completed By:                           Lieutenant Scott McKee

 

Springfield police Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) detectives are investigating a fatal pedestrian vs. motor vehicle crash that occurred at the 6300 block of Main Street in Springfield. 

 

According to police at the scene, a man pushing a wheelchair wearing dark clothing was in the roadway, apparently attempting to cross Main Street from north to south when he was struck by a vehicle traveling east on Main Street.  There is no controlled or designated pedestrian crossing where the man was trying to cross Main Street. 

 

Witnesses said bystanders performed CPR on the man at the scene and he was later transported via emergency ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital at Riverbend, where he died from his injuries. 

 

Police have tentatively identified the man as a 63 year-old Springfield man, who has no permanent address.  Reportedly, the man has friends in the area and is known to use the wheelchair as a walker, pushing it in front of him while walking.  Detectives are withholding his name pending notification of next of kin. 

 

The 20 year-old male driver of the vehicle who struck the man stopped at the scene, rendered aid and is cooperating with investigators. 

 

Police responded to 9-1-1 calls reporting the crash at 7:53 p.m.  Anyone with information concerning this crash or who witnessed the incident is asked to call the Springfield Police Department at 541.726.3714.

 


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MEDIA RELEASE

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

For immediate release:

Springfield Police Department Seeks Citizen Academy Applicants

Deadline for applications is Friday, March 9

 

Springfield, OR – Want to take a peek behind the scenes at the daily jobs of police officers and all the folks who work side-by-side with them?  The Springfield Police Department will hold its 2018 Citizen Police Academy from April 4 through June 6, 2018.

 

The no-cost, 30-hour training program, which consists of classroom and “hands-on” instruction, is open to anyone age 18 or older.  Preference will be given to Springfield residents and people doing business in Springfield.  Deadline to submit an application is March 9.

 

The Academy is designed to provide citizens with a better understanding of the nature of police work, and to give them an opportunity to interact with Springfield Police Department staff in a non-emergency setting.  It’s also an opportunity to provide input on police policy, practice and procedure. The course is designed for citizens from all backgrounds and occupations. 

 

The classes cover officer selection and training, the job of the uniformed patrol officer, investigation skills, tactical operation, the canine unit, use of firearms, narcotics, communications, and crime scene evidence.  Students tour police facilities, use police equipment and fire police department-issued weapons.

 

Classes are held weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with the exception of a couple of the classes.  To graduate, each student must attend at least eight of the ten classes.

Anyone interested in completing an application can obtain one from the Springfield Police Department at 230 Fourth Street or at the police department’s web-site at http://www.springfield-or.gov/police/documents/2018%20CPA%20Application.pdf.   The application must be returned prior to March 9.  All applicants will be notified regarding their acceptance to the academy by March 26.

 

For more information, contact the Springfield Police Department, Wendy Polen at 541-726-3729 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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MEDIA RELEASE

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

 

Incident:             Motor Vehicle Accident

Location:            On Ramp to N/B I-5 from E/B Hwy 126, Springfield, Oregon

Case Number: 18-1075          

Date/Time:         February 4, 2018 / 1624 hours

Additional Information: Lt. Scott McKee 

Completed By: Sgt. Mike McCarthy

 

DRIVER:            WMA 45 years of age (Name withheld pending next of kin notification)

 

VEHICLE:           2002 Aprilia RSV  (Café Style Motorcycle)

  

NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT:

 

              On February 4, 2018 at 4:24 pm Springfield Police and Fire Departments responded to the location for a single vehicle accident.  The on ramp was completely blocked and shut down for next 2 ½ hours.

 

              The investigation revealed that the motorcycle was east bound and attempted to take the north bound on ramp to I-5 when he lost control and hit the guardrail. 

 

              The driver was transported by ambulance to Riverbend Hospital where he is being treated for internal injuries and a compound fracture of the leg. 

 

The crash is being investigated by the Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team.  Alcohol and speed are being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash.

 

The investigation is ongoing.  If additional persons witnessed the accident or have any additional information they are asked to call the Springfield Police Department at 541-726-3714.

 


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SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Incident:                                   A3 Principal accused of sexual misconduct involving a female student – police seeking other victims.                        

Location:                                    600 block S 68th Place

Case Number:                            18-972

Date/Time:                                   February 2, 2018 @ 5:15 p.m.

More Information:                     Lieutenant Scott McKee        

Completed By:                           Lieutenant Scott McKee

 

 

A3 Charter School Principal Michael Fisher was accused of sexual misconduct involving a former student who was a juvenile at the time of the alleged misconduct.  Police continue to investigate the criminal allegations and are asking that anyone who may have been witness or subjected to inappropriate behavior at the hands of Michael Fisher to come forward.

 

Fisher was found dead inside the garage of his home.  Investigators responded to the home shortly after 4:00 p.m. after medics were summoned there by his wife.  Police are investigating the death as a suicide and have ruled out foul play.

 

Springfield police waited to release more details about the allegations until an investigator could thoroughly speak with the reporting victim, who now lives out of state.  An investigator traveled cross-country to speak with the victim yesterday.  “We fear there may be more victims,” Lieutenant Scott McKee said. 

 

Springfield police have asked that anyone with information concerning sexual allegations involving Michael Fisher contact Springfield police directly or via Springfield School District, who have established crisis reporting avenues specific to this investigation.  Police are specifically interested in hearing from A3 Students who attended the school between 2006 and 2018 if they have any information concerning the allegations involving Fisher. 

 


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SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Incident:                                   Shooting suspect arrested       

Location:                                    4383 Forsythia Street, Springfield

Case Number:                            18-737

Date/Time:                                   02/02/18 at 2:40 p.m.                

More Information:                     Lieutenant Scott McKee        

Completed By:                           Lieutenant Scott McKee

 

An alert Springfield police officer spotted a vehicle driven by fugitive Adam Summerlyn last night at 42nd and Main Street and he was taken into custody without incident.

 

Police had developed information that Summerlyn was operating a Subaru vehicle and a Springfield police K-9 officer observed the vehicle occupied by Summerlyn shortly after 7:00 p.m.  Officers conducted a high-risk traffic stop wherein Summerlyn was taken out the vehicle by officers employing tactics designed to maximize public and officer safety while minimizing risk.  Summerlyn was not armed at the time of his arrest.

 

Meanwhile man shot inside home at 4383 Forsythia Street is being released today from  Sacred Heart Hospital at Riverbend after receiving treatment for being  shot in the abdomen.   

 

Investigators believe Summerlyn deliberately shot the victim inside the home but the motivation behind the shooting is still under investigation. 

 

Summerlyn will be charged with Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. 

 

Summerlyn had been on the run for several days and police believe he was using a network of associates to hide and avoid arrest.

 

Police had acted on several tips generated from concerned citizens and neighbors which ultimately generated the information leading to Summerlyn’s arrest. 

 


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SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

Incident:                                       A3 Principal found dead                       

Location:                                    600 block S 68th Place

Case Number:                           

Date/Time:                                   February 1, 2018 @ 7:45 p.m.

More Information:                     Lieutenant Scott McKee        

Completed By:                           Lieutenant Scott McKee

 

 

A3 Principal Michael Fisher was found dead inside the garage of his home.  Investigators responded to the home shortly after 4:00 p.m. after medics were summoned there by his wife.  Police are investigating the death as a suicide and have ruled out foulplay.

 

Fisher has been the subject of a criminal investigation, which is ongoing.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Springfield Police Department at 541.726.3714.

 


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SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

 

Incident:                                   Victim remains in ICU in stable condition following Thursday morning shooting while search goes on for suspect.                

Location:                                    4383 Forsythia Street, Springfield

Case Number:                            18-737

Date/Time:                                   01/26/18 at 11:15 a.m.                          

More Information:                     Lieutenant Scott McKee        

Completed By:                           Lieutenant Scott McKee

 

The man shot inside a home at 4383 Forsythia Street yesterday morning remains in intensive care.  The victim has been identified as Joshua Morgan Harris, age 24 of Springfield.  Harris underwent surgery and remains in stable condition at Sacred Heart Hospital at Riverbend.  Police responded to a report of a disturbance with shots fired yesterday morning at about 8:30 a.m and found Harris lying in the yard in front of the home suffering from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.   

 

Police are still searching for 33 year-old Adam Kohl Summerlyn as a suspect in the deliberate shooting.  Summerlyn left the location of the shooting, which he lists as his home address, on foot.

 

Police held a tight perimeter around the incident yesterday and warned residents about the armed man - ordering modified lock-downs at two area schools and enlisting the assistance of a volunteer drone-operator to search a wooded area near the home for the armed suspect.  The search for Summerlyn went into the night last night and officers in the region remain on alert for the fugitive, who is still considered armed and dangerous. 

 

Police ask that anyone with information about Adam Summerlyn’s whereabouts to call Springfield police and not to attempt to contact him.     

 

Investigators had been seeking to identify another man seen leaving the scene carrying a  large black and white backpack, but that man has been identified and is no longer of interest.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Springfield Police Department at 541.726.3714.

 


 

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SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Incident:                         CHETT Pet Emergency Vet Fund to help Springfield pets in need                               

Location:                        230 4th Street, Springfield

Case Number:                                         

Date/Time:                     06/23/17 @ 1230         

More Information:       Lieutenant Scott McKee         

Completed By:             Lieutenant Scott McKee

 

Springfield police are going public today with their CHETT Pet Emergency Vet Fund for the emergency veterinary treatment of injured domestic pets in Springfield.  City of Springfield employees have contributed to a donation box for weeks to build an initial start-up donation to kick off the fund and now the fund has been established and the police department is ready to accept donations.

 

Last week at the Springfield police sponsored regional K-9 Competition, the McKenzie Cascade Dog Fanciers group of Springfield made a surprise donation to the fund after learning of the developing program and wanting to be among the first to donate.  The group presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to the Springfield police department CHETT Pet Emergency Vet Fund. 

 

Funds from the CHETT Pet Emergency Vet fund will be used by the Springfield police department to help meet the emergency veterinary treatment needs and costs of treatment for companion animal pets that are lost, found, abandoned or feral at the time of their injury in Springfield.

 

The fund will help enable police and Springfield Emergency veterinary staff to create humane treatment decisions for pets injured within the City of Springfield.   

 

The CHETT Pet Emergency Vet Fund was conceived in memory of the late Chester Martin, the namesake behind the CHETT (Community Help Easing Troubled Times) Program.  Chester Martin was a pet lover and had his own companion animal – Lucky, who was at his side when he died in 2016. 

 

Under the program, employees who identify a companion animal pet in need of emergency or critical veterinary treatment, they will notify the on-duty police watch commander, who will assess the proposed or contemplated treatment of the pet and consult with veterinary staff.   On agreement the watch commander will use their City of Springfield purchasing card to address the immediate expense.  Additional consideration will be given to any ongoing treatment costs as well as the amount of funds available within the fund at the time the request is made.   

 

Consideration will also be given to the likelihood of favorable outcomes.  These considerations may include the age of the pet, the expected quality of life for the pet, and the temperament of the pet with respect to suitability for adoption once medically stable.     

 

The Watch Commander will then complete an invoice for the services rendered and reconcile the purchase to the CHETT Pet Emergency Vet Fund.  Generally, individual applications of funds will not exceed $400 per incident.  But supervisors may exceed this limit if circumstances indicate the exception. 

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SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

December 28, 2015

Contact:  Tiffany Monroe

(541) 726-3721

 

SPD to use CrimeReports.com

 

The Springfield Police Department is pleased to announce a way for you to view crime incidents in Springfield through CrimeReports.com, a crime mapping service.

 

The map is updated daily to show the block location of incidents that have been reported to our agency.  It does not include the exact address, sensitive crimes, traffic stops, information calls, welfare checks, outside agency assists, etc.

 

Citizens can search the site by address, date or type of crime they want to know about.  Data can be searched for up to 6 months prior.  Victim identification is removed as part of the data publishing process but incident descriptions and case numbers are available should a citizen want to request a copy of a report.  Additionally, integrated mapping also allows users to view sex offender information. (This information is from the State of Oregon Sex Offender Inquiry System – only Level 3 offenders or sexually violent dangerous offenders are listed – for more info see http://sexoffenders.oregon.gov/ )

 

The site is free to the public and user may keep up with reported crime in their area by signing up for email crime alerts.

 

Other local jurisdictions reporting through this service include Eugene, Junction City, Cottage Grove, Lebanon, Albany, Corvallis, and Salem.

 

CrimeReports.com is a web-based service and is not part of the City of Springfield or the Springfield Police Department.

 

We hope you find this service useful.


 

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SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incident:              New Community Assistance Program      

 

Date/Time:         December 16, 2015

 

Completed By: Lieutenant Scott McKee   726-3691

 

 

Springfield police, acting on the suggestion of a Springfield citizen and retired veteran of the United States Coast Guard have established a fund for citizens to contribute money to help ease troubled times for those in temporary need of assistance. 

The CHETT Program (Community Help Easing Troubled Times) is a funding stream consisting of monies donated by the community intended to provide resources to meet the short-term emergency needs of the most vulnerable in Springfield.  Funds from the account are to be used for victims of crime, those displaced by crime or critical incident (including innocent family members of perpetrators), or people in the community with little hope or few options.   Examples of uses could include, but are not limited to; meals, lodging, transportation, crime scene damage repair, and/or other immediate short term emergency assistance. 

The CHETT program is the result of a citizen inquiry from Chester (Chet, wife Carolyn) Martin, a retired U.S. Coast Guard veteran and Springfield resident, who contacted the Springfield police wanting to contribute funds to the Springfield Police Department to be used by officers to help VETS and others in need of temporary assistance in circumstances of crisis or critical need. 

Chet and Carolyn Martin made their initial $700 donation today at the Springfield Justice Center and encourage others to give what they can so police can provide short term assistance at times of critical need to those who may have little hope or few options.  

Officers are now encouraged to consider these funds as a benevolent resource to be used to assist those in critical or emergent temporary need. 

Officers/employees who identify a person in need of short-term emergency or critical assistance will notify the watch commander, who will assess the proposed or contemplated usage of funds and on approval will use their City of Springfield purchasing card to address the immediate expense.  The expense will then be reconciled to the CHETT program fund.  

 

For further information contact Lieutenant Scott McKee at 541-726-3691

 


  

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

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INCIDENT: Missing Person                                          

 

CASE # 13-4430

 

LOCATION: Springfield

 

DATE/ TIME: May 21, 2013

 

MISSING PERSON: Redmon, Rocky Evan 25 year old white male of Springfield

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NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT:  The Springfield Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Rocky Evan Redmon.  Mr. Redmon is described as a white male 5’ 8” and approximately 140 pounds.  He has brown hair and blue eyes.  Mr. Redmon was reported missing on May 3rd, 2013 and has not been heard from since.  He has no motor vehicle, but his bicycle is unaccounted for.  Anyone with information in this case is urged to notify the Springfield Police Department.

 

The investigation is continuing.

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:  Sgt. David Lewis 726-3721

 

NEWS RELEASE COMPLETED BY: Sgt. David Lewis 726-3721

 

redmon

 


    SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

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INCIDENT: Missing Person                                                                  CASE:  13-4207

 

LOCATION: South 35th Street, Springfield

 

DATE/ TIME:  April 26, 2013. 2300 hrs.

 

Missing Person: Smith, Carl Lynn.  76 year old White Male.

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NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT: On the above listed date and time Carl Smith was reported missing from his residence on South 35th Street in Springfield.  He was reported missing by his wife, who told police that Mr. Smith is suffering from the onset of dementia.  Mr. Smith insisted on going for a walk and has not been seen since.  He does not have access to a vehicle and has no other relatives in the area.

 

Carl Lynn Smith is described as being a 76 year old white male, 5’10” 177 pounds with collar length gray hair and hazel eyes.  He was last seen wearing a black coat, blue jeans, blue and gray tennis shoes and a camouflage baseball hat.  According to his wife, Mr. Smith has a heart condition and takes regular medication for a thyroid issue.

 

Anyone who has information on the possible whereabouts for Mr. Smith is encouraged to contact the Springfield Police Department.   

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:  Sgt. David Lewis 726-3721 or 729-2310

 

 

NEWS RELEASE COMPLETED BY: Sgt. David Lewis 726-3721

Smith

 

City of Springfield, Oregon