See our previous story: 25-year-old Jesse Robert Cadenas is missing
On 7/12/23 at approximately 2:27pm, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious complaint along the riverbank of the Columbia River near Rock Island Dam. The complainant, a subject on a boat, touring the river, reported seeing what he believed to be a human body along the riverbank. Deputies responded to the area and located a confirmed deceased human body partially submerged in the water. Deputies with the assistance of Wenatchee Valley Fire Dept recovered the decedent and transferred care to the Douglas County Coroner.
On 7/18/23 the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received notification from the Douglas County Coroner’s office, that they were able to positively identify the decedent as missing 25-year-old Rock Island resident, Jesse Robert Cadenas.
We appreciate all the assistance from the community and outside agencies in the search for Jesse Cadenas. We send our deepest condolences to Jesse’s family during this time.
Manson Community Council Meeting Agenda
July 18, 2023
Manson Parks Department @ 6 pm
o CALL TO ORDER pm Members Present: Kari Sorensen |Cindy Smith | John Frolker | Chris Willoughby | Pam Calhoun
o FLAG SALUTE
o TREASURER’S REPORT _$________________
o APPROVAL OF MINUTES from June 15, 2023 meeting
MEETING ADJOURNED pm
EAST WENATCHEE – A contractor for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin paving work on State Route 28 between East Wenatchee and Rock Island on Monday, July 17.
Central Washington Asphalt is the contractor for this paving project, which will repair and pave two sections of pavement. One is Sunset Highway between Hadley Street and Eastmont Avenue. The second is SR 28 between Third Street to north of Rock Island Dam.
The work will require lane closures, reduced speed zones and flagger-controlled traffic. The contractor will work Monday through Thursday nights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. This project is scheduled to be complete in mid-October.
The contractor will also install new guardrail and sinusoidal rumble strips. Sinusoidal rumble strips are sometimes referred to as “mumble strips” and are like traditional rumble strips but are designed to lessen the external noise produced when vehicles travel across them.
(Lacey, WA) – Crime was up and the number of law enforcement officers was down in the latest Crime in Washington report for 2022. The rate of murders, violent and property crimes rose across the state, while the number of officers available to respond and serve our communities decreased again in 2022. The annual Crime in Washington report (link) tracks crime and arrest data from contributing law enforcement agencies throughout Washington. The report is compiled by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC).
The report shows that there were 394 murders in 2022, an increase of 16.6 percent over 2021. This is the highest number of murders recorded since WASPC began collecting this data in 1980. Homicides have increased 96 percent since 2019. Crimes against persons, property and society all increased in 2022, and violent crimes showed an increase of 8.9 percent.
The total number of commissioned officers statewide was 10,666, down from 10,736 in 2021, while the total population of the state increased by 93,262. Washington again is ranked 51st out of the 50 states and District of Columbia for the number of officers per thousand residents. Reported cases of officers assaulted was 2,375 in 2022, an increase of 20.7 percent.
Other data may show crime has decreased in some parts of the United States but overall crime in Washington has continued to rise. The data in this latest report should be used by policy makers to continue to develop balanced approaches that respect victims of crime and increase safety for all Washingtonians.
CIW 2022 Facts at a Glance
• The total population for the State of Washington is 7,865,768.
• Full-time commissioned officers totaled 10,666.
• There was a total of 2,375 assaults on law enforcement officers. Two officers were killed in the line of duty.
• Motor vehicle theft rose 34 percent.
• There were 394 murders.
• Domestic Violence offenses made up 45.9 percent of all Crimes Against Persons.
• A total of 544 hate crime incidents were reported.
• 1,444 arrests for Drug/Narcotic Violations was down from 2,163 in 2021
The Crime in Washington 2022 report is compiled with data from 231 state, county, municipal, and Tribal agencies and is designed to give residents, elected officials, and law enforcement data-driven information about crime in their communities. The numbers are derived from the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) submissions. The data should not be compared to the FBI Crime in The United States 2022 report which will be published later this year. The Washington State Uniform Crime Reporting Program forwards the crime data to the FBI in the NIBRS format; however, the FBI may convert NIBRS to a Summary Reporting System format, use estimations, or omit agencies that have not submitted all twelve months for 2022.
Read the report HERE. (PDF)
Read Sheriff Morrison's response to the report HERE. (PDF)
Regular Board Meeting
July 13, 2023, 4:10pm
Bumgarner Meeting Room, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA 98831
1. Call to Order
2. Flag Salute
3. Agenda Additions and Deletions
4. Public Comment
5. Approval of Minutes
a. June 08, 2023 Regular Meeting Minutes
6. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
7. New Business
a. Drones in public parks
8. Old Business
i. Old Swim Hole development project
1. Geotech approval
ii. Manson Bay Marina planning project
iii. Leffler Field soil remediation planning project
1. Archaeological update
b. Director’s Report
Next Regular Meeting: 4:10pm on August 10, 2023 at 142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA, 98831 (unless otherwise posted).
Hybrid in-person/virtual meeting takes place July 18-19 in Olympia
OLYMPIA – The July 18 and 19 meeting of the Washington State Transportation Commission will include updates on Road Usage Charge research, the I-5 Interstate Bridge replacement project between Vancouver and Portland and efforts to help cities and counties address climate change.
The meeting takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, and from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, at the Washington State Department of Transportation Headquarters Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus, and the public is invited to attend. The meeting will also be streamed on TVW. Those wishing to participate virtually may register on the commission’s website. Virtual and in-person public comment is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19. Written comments can also be submitted via email to
On Tuesday, commissioners will hear the results of a recently completed Road Usage Charge enrollment simulation conducted with over 1,000 Washingtonians. They will also hear from the Washington State Department of Commerce on its program to help local jurisdictions address climate change in their comprehensive plans. Also on Tuesday, Commerce and WSDOT officials will discuss Vehicle Miles Traveled reduction efforts, including guidance on potential policies to reduce the total miles driven statewide. This work supports statewide emission reduction goals.
Other topics to be covered at the Olympia meeting include:
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit the commission’s website: wstc.wa.gov/.
Commissioners took their posts on July 1
OLYMPA – The Washington State Transportation Commission has elected new leaders. Deborah Young, of San Juan County, is the new chair and James “Jim” A. Restucci, of Yakima County, is the new vice chair.
Young has served as the commission’s vice chair for the last two years and replaces Commissioner Roy Jennings, who served as chair for the same amount of time and remains on the commission until the end of his term in 2025.
Young has been on the commission since 2015 and is serving her second six-year term. She has served on the commission’s subcommittee on ferries, which includes oversight of the commission’s Ferry Riders’ Opinion Group (FROG) survey panel made up of over 25,000 members. She also serves as an ex officio member of the Ferry Advisory Committee on Tariff (FAC-T), which provides input and feedback to Washington State Ferries on fare proposals. Young has additionally served on the subcommittee leading the update of the state’s 20-year transportation plan. After working in the utility industry for over 20 years and serving on land conservancy groups, Young now lives on Lopez Island, where she operates a small farm.
Restucci is from Sunnyside and was appointed to the commission in 2018. He has been a longtime local elected official and is serving his fifth term on the Sunnyside City Council, currently as deputy mayor. He previously served four terms as mayor. He is also the chair of the Yakima Valley Transportation Policy Board and past president of the Association of Washington Cities. On the commission, he has served as chair of the Autonomous Vehicle Workgroup since 2018. In his private life, he is the chief executive officer of a technology services company, which he founded in 2002.
The commission elected Young and Restucci during their May meeting. The two-year leadership posts were effective July 1.
*** UPDATE JUNE 23rd, 2023 2:00 PM ***
Sheriff Mike Morrison reports the body of Yun Park, a 66-year-old male from Palisades Park New Jersey was recovered near the base of Colchuck Peak. Park was one of three climbers who was killed by an avalanche while attempting to climb Colchuck Peak on February 19th, 2023.
A hiker located Mr. Park’s body on the afternoon of June 22nd. She reported the find to Chelan County Sheriff’s Office during the evening of June 22nd. Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Helicopter Rescue Team was contacted for a hoist capable helicopter and accepted the mission. Snohomish HRT responded in the morning of June 23rd and recovered Mr. Park’s body at approximately 11:15 am. The body was turned over to the Chelan County Coroner’s office.
Mr. Park was the last of the three climbers to be recovered. All of the members of the climbing group have now been recovered.
*** UPDATE MAY 30th, 2023 10:30 AM ***
Sheriff Mike Morrison reports on May 29th, 2023 the body of Jeannie Lee, a 60-year-old Climber from Bayside, New York was recovered from the base of Colchuck Peak. Lee was killed in an avalanche on Sunday February 19th along with two other climbers (see original release below). A Chelan County Mountain Rescue volunteer was in the area on a personal trip when he located Lee’s body. Snow has melted significantly with the warm weather recently. He hiked to the top of Colchuck Glacier where he made a call to RiverCom dispatch.
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office was notified and deployed the CCSO helicopter. Two additional Chelan County Mountain Rescue volunteers were transported to the scene to assist with the recovery. Lee’s body was transported to the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery at approximately 4:30 pm and turned over to the Chelan County Coroner’s Office. The rescuers did not locate the
additional missing climber, Yun Park of Palisades Park New Jersey.
Conditions still are not safe to conduct a thorough search of the area.
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Sheriff Mike Morrison reports on February 20th, 2023 Deputies were contacted at the CCSO Leavenworth substation about an avalanche that occurred near Colchuck Lake the previous day. The reporting party, a 53-year-old Maryland man reported the group he was with had attempted to climb Colchuck Peak on Sunday February 19th. There were six climbers in that group and the reporting party had stayed at their base camp that day. The lead climber triggered an avalanche while attempting to climb the Northeast Couloir of Colchuck Peak. Four of the climbers were swept down the couloir approximately 500 feet.
Three of the climbers died as a result of trauma sustained in the fall. They were a 60-year-old female from New York, a 66-year-old male from New Jersey, and a 53-year-old male from Connecticut. The fourth climber, a 56 year old male form New York sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was able to hike back to base camp with the remaining two. They were a 50-year-old male from New York and a 36-year-old male from New Jersey. When they arrived at camp, they sent the reporting party for help.
When Deputies took the report, A SAR coordinator started gathering resources. A total of 22 rescuers responded to the trailhead to assist with this effort. They were from Chelan County Mounty Rescue, Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue and ORV unit, Seattle Mountain Rescue, Tacoma Mountain Rescue, and Yakima Mountain Rescue. A group of four from Chelan County Mountain Rescue responded to the lake driven part of the way by the CCVSAR ORV unit. They reached the base camp at approximately 1:30 pm. They were able to determine avalanche conditions were too hazardous to continue to the deceased climbers. They escorted the surviving climbers back to the trailhead.
Rescuers were not sent back in to the scene today due to hazardous conditions. CCSO continues to work with Northwest Avalanche Center to assist in a recover plan.
Colchuck Peak sits at the South end of Colchuck Lake approximately 8 miles South of Leavenworth, WA.
On 06/20/23 at around 5:45 pm, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to Rock Island WA, to a report of a missing person. Margaret Ann Tilley reported her 25-year-old autistic son, Jesse Robert Cadenas, was last seen at their home in Rock Island, on 06/19/23 at around 10 pm when she went to bed. The family noticed he was not at home at 8 am on 06/20/23. It is believed Jesse left on his charcoal gray GIANT mountain bicycle, however, he left his cell phone and wallet at home. Jesse has been described as verbal but reluctant to speak to strangers.
Since Jesse was reported missing the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, and local Search and Rescue volunteers have conducted searches in the city of Rock Island and the surrounding areas. This includes utilizing FLIR thermal cameras, and drones, in vehicles and on foot. Additional searches were conducted along the Apple Capital Recreational Loop
Trail and the shoreline of the Columbia River with the Chelan County Marine Patrol.
The Chelan County PUD has reviewed their Loop Trail camera system and their parks employees have been provided flyers of Jesse. Local Rock Island residences and businesses have been checking their security camera systems for Jesse. LINK bus drivers have been provided flyers and are providing assistance. Detectives have also met with Jesse’s family to review any
information that can help find him.
While we continue to search for Jesse, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance. If you have information about Jesse please contact RiverCom Dispatch at (509) 663-9911.