Douglas County Sheriff's Office


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

John Hanlin


Date/Time of Release:  09/30/2013 - 13:21
Contact Person:  Andrea Zielinski  
Contact Number:  541-440-4486  
Subject:  Elderly Couple Stuck in Remote Area of Douglas County  
Date/Time of Incident:  09/28/2013 - 20:28
Incident Location:  Remote BLM Road near Camas Valley  
Case Number:  N/A  
Driver:  Garton, Charles Edward / 73 yoa / Ridgecrest, CA

On Saturday, September 28 at approximately 8:30 PM, Douglas County Communications received a call from Charles Garton to report that he was stuck on a logging road behind fallen trees. Garton and his wife were traveling from California to Coos Bay in a 23 foot motor home pulling a utility trailer with a golf cart. Garton was following a route selected by his GPS unit, which led him off of I-5 at the Glendale Exit and then down several BLM Roads heading northwest towards Hwy 42. Garton caused damage to his motor home while on the unimproved roads and eventually became stuck in the mud. Deputies responded and made contact with the Garton's on Sunday, September 29 at approximately 11 AM. Deputies cleared trees from the road, but due to the conditions of the roadway were unable to get the motor home unstuck. Roseburg Towing also responded and were unable to remove the motor home from the location. The Garton’s were offered a ride to town, but have refused to leave their motor home.

On Monday, September 30, at the time of the writing of this press release, the Douglas County 4X4 Search and Rescue team were attempting to assist the couple in getting their motor home out of the area.
A follow up release will be provided after the results of today’s recovery attempt are known.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind motorists to not rely solely on your GPS unit when traveling. If you are unfamiliar with the area, it is wise to stay on well traveled roads that are clearly marked. We would also like you to make sure you are prepared in case you do become lost or stranded. Have an emergency car kit with food, water and items to keep you warm and dry.

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