Douglas County Sheriff's Office


 Justice Building • Roseburg, Oregon 97470 • (541) 440-4450

John Hanlin


Date/Time of Release:  07/21/2011 - 08:45
Contact Person:  Dwes Hutson  
Contact Number:  541-440-4464  
Subject:  Drowning  
Date/Time of Incident:  07/20/2011 - 19:00
Incident Location:  1700 block Yokum Road, Riddle, Oregon  
Case Number:  11-2660  
Deceased:  Place, Jeffrey / 16 yoa / Riddle, OR
Mentioned:  7 yoa male / Riddle, OR
Mentioned:  Lostroh, Larry Leroy / 49 yoa / Riddle, OR

On July 20, at about 1900 hours, deputies responded to the 1700 block of Yokum Road to a reported possible drowning. Rescuers from Riddle, Canyonville, South Umpqua, Tri-City and Fire District 2 were already on the scene.

Rescuers were searching for 16 year old Jeffrey Place who had been wading in the shallow water of Cow Creek with his 7 year old cousin. The two boys apparently stepped into a deep hole. The father of the 7 year old, Larry Lostroh, was watching the boys from the bank and dove into the water to help them. Lostroh was able to get his son to shore and returned to look for Place but could not find him.

Members of the South County Swift Water Rescue team located Place about 50 yards downstream underwater. Rescuers performed life saving measures on Place and he was transported to Mercy Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

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