DCSO Seeking Information on Canoe Found Submerged in the Deschutes River

Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/23/18

The Deschutes County Sheriff's office is currently seeking information about a canoe located just after 1:15 pm this afternoon submerged in the Deschutes River above Pringle Falls, west of La Pine.  The green canoe was found pinned up against a log with gear still inside, including one lifejacket, packed lunches and an electric motor that was still running.

Deputies, U. S. Forest Service Law Enforcement, Bend Police Department (drone and pilot), La Pine Fire, and Deschutes County Search and Rescue personnel spent the afternoon searching the Deschutes River from the Wickiup Reservoir Dam down to La Pine State Park for anyone who may be associated with the canoe.  Drones were also used to search the river and river bank, however search efforts have offered no additional information.  

We are still working to determine if the canoe was occupied when it became submerged.  We currently do not have anyone reported missing or unaccounted for in that area.  This may be a case of an unoccupied canoe that came untied and washed downriver.  We just want to confirm no one is still in the river.
We are asking anyone with information about this canoe, or may have seen it today on the Deschutes River above Pringle Falls, to call into non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.