Three subjects jump into irrigation canal to avoid contact with Detectives

Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/03/18
On 9/3/18 at approximately 8:58 A.M., Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit (SCU) Detectives were in the area of Comet Lane and High Desert Lane, when they observed a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed and acting in a suspicious manner.  SCU Detectives attempted to follow the vehicle, however it accelerated away from the area to avoid contact with the Detectives.  It is believed the subjects knew they had been observed by law enforcement.

SCU Detectives drove through the area of NE Brinson BLVD and Peerless Court, when they saw some dust flying in the roadway.  This made the Detectives believe the vehicle they were looking for had driven southbound on Peerless Court.   SCU Detectives then located a vehicle parked at 62880  Peerless Court and saw the subjects running around the northeast corner of the business and go south. 

The Detectives exited their vehicle and attempted to locate the subjects.   As Detectives went to the south side of the building, they could see the subjects near the COID (Central Oregon Irrigation District) canal.  The Detectives identified themselves to the subjects and told them to stop.  One of the males, identified as Brett Vanhouten, immediately jumped into the canal.  Heisler and Harpole then also jumped into the canal.  Approximately 200 yards downstream from their point of entry, there is significant drop in elevation in the canal, causing a fast moving waterfall and whitewater. 

Detectives then coordinated a search of the area with the assistance of DCSO Patrol deputies and the Bend Police Department. COID was contacted and notified of the incident. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Division assisted in searching the area with the use of a drone/ UAV.   The canal banks and access points were also checked on foot.   A thorough search of the area was completed and none of the subjects were located. 

Detectives have attempted to speak with family members and check previous addresses for the subjects, however their status as transients has made this difficult.

It is believed Heisler may be in need of medical attention, due to a previous illness. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from the public and asking them to contact the non-emergency dispatch number of 541-693-6911, if they know the whereabouts of any of the three subjects.   Callers can remain anonymous.

Subject#1 Vanhouten, Brett       age:35, White male
                    Transient, Bend

Subject#2 Heisler,  Sarah           age: 38   White female
                    Transient, Bend

Subject#3  Harpole, Mitchell      age: 27   White male
                      Transient, Bend