DCSO Searching for Missing Skier

Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office


The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a resident of California, last seen on Christmas Day at approximately 3:40 pm near the top of the Sunrise chair lift, at Mt. Bachelor.

On 12/25/19, at approximately 5:03 pm deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were contacted by Mt. Bachelor Ski Patrol regarding an overdue skier. It was reported that Ashlee Gingerich, 30 years of age, had not reunited with her party on Mt. Bachelor. Mt. Bachelor Ski patrol swept all runs on the mountain and searched likely areas without success. Gingerich is described as approximately 5'6, 140 lbs with dark blonde hair. She was last seen around 3:40 wearing a black helmet, pink/purple pants with a green jacket. Gingerich does not have a phone with her.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue responded to Mt. Bachelor with one deputy and nine DCSO SAR volunteers. DCSO SAR resources utilized skiers to search treed areas in the area Gingerich was last seen. DCSO SAR also used a Drone with infrared capabilities. Gingerich was not located. SAR searched the mountain in coordination with Mt. Bachelor operations through the night. Additional searches will resume early this morning on 12/26/19.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information related to Gingerich's activity on 12/25/19 or that has seen Ashlee Gingerich to call into non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911 and speak with a deputy.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.