Cold Exposure Death Investigation near La Pine

Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/14/19

On January 14, 2019, at approximately 11:45am, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 17600 block of Penny Court regarding a male that had been located laying in the driveway.  Penny Court is a dead end street in the Newberry Estates subdivision NE of La Pine.

The first deputy arrived at the address nine minutes later and found the male cold to the touch and beyond medical help.

The initial investigation into the death has determined Mr. Campbell likely arrived at his residence yesterday evening.  Evidence at the scene shows he had slipped on the ice and fell upon exiting his vehicle.  Mr. Campbell was unable to get to his feet and began crawling towards an area of the driveway with less ice, where he could get back onto his feet.  Mr. Campbell ultimately was not able to get up and likely succumbed to cold exposure.

Our thoughts are with the friends of family of Mr. Campbell.
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the more than 186,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 180 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.