Detectives Unable to Substantiate Crime in Whistlers Bend Park Report

Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office 

UPDATE 07/21/2020

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is unable to substantiate that a crime occurred in the reported noose incident found at Whistler's Bend Park in late June.

On June 22, 2020, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office became aware of a post on social media where an individual reported finding a noose outside of his yurt during a weekend trip to Whistlers Bend Park. The Sheriff's Office immediately launched an investigation.

The patrol and detective's division put an extensive amount of time and effort into the case. Additionally, the Sheriff's Office enlisted the assistance of the FBI.

At this time, the investigative portion of the case has concluded, based upon all leads available to investigators.

"A tremendous amount of resources and effort was put into investigating this incident," Sheriff John Hanlin said. "We take these cases very seriously and conduct thorough investigations based on the facts available to us. At this time, we are unable to substantiate that a crime occurred".

Should new information become available, the Sheriff's Office will continue to investigate to the fullest extent.