Media Board

Recent media releases from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are listed below. To read past media releases, go to the "Supporting Documents" section of this web page.

Sheriff's Star

Dead Body in Willamette River

On June 12, 2019, at 12:49 pm, the Albany Police Department was advised of a dead body floating in the Willamette River near Takena Landing. After the retrieval and the securing of the body, Benton County Sheriff’s Office was established as the investigating agency.

On June 13, 2019, Detectives with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office attended an autopsy at the State of Oregon Medical Examiner’s Office.

Preliminary results of the autopsy indicate that the body was a white male, undetermined age, and had been in the Willamette River for two to three months, making a visual identification difficult. The male had been wearing a “Batman” T-shirt and an Oregon State University shirt. An indistinguishable tattoo was visible on the lower right area of the abdomen.

Initial examination of the body does not indicate obvious signs of trauma and the death does not appear to have been caused by observable homicidal violence. Toxicology results are pending but the results are not expected for several weeks or longer.

Benton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating missing person’s reports but have no immediate leads as to the identity of the male.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lt. Chris Duffitt of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at 541.766.6858.

Deputy Brent Iverson

Deputy Brent Iverson's Memorial Service

On May 27, 2019, while driving home from a trip with his son, Deputy Brent Iverson suffered what is believed to be a fatal medical event and drove off of Fern Road, near Airport Avenue, in Benton County, the same jurisdiction that he has served for the past 11 years. His son was not injured.

Brent was a dedicated deputy and a great dad. He will be missed. He is survived by his two sons and a daughter.

Deputy Brent Iverson started his law enforcement career with the Oakridge Police Department in 2002. He transferred to the Junction City Police Department in 2005 and was eventually hired by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in 2008. During his time serving Benton County, Deputy Iverson worked as a patrol deputy and a Forest Patrol Deputy.

The Iverson family has requested the assistance of the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation to assist in coordinating his memorial service. The service is scheduled for Friday, June 7, 2019 at the Suburban Christian Church at 2760 SW 53rd Street Corvallis Oregon. The doors open at 1:30 pm with the memorial service starting at 2:00 pm.

Prior to the service, Emergency Responders will conduct a vehicle processional escorting Deputy Brent Iverson and his family to the church.

Those agencies wishing to participate in the processional are to stage by 12:00 pm at 400 NE Circle Blvd, Corvallis Oregon.

Those wishing to contribute to Deputy Brent Iverson’s family are invited to go to: Iverson Family Fund.

Sheriff's Star

Traffic Fatality

On May 3, 2019 at 8:00am, deputies from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a head-on collision on Highway 20 at Hwy 223, west of Philomath. Catherine Koch, 37, of Depoe Bay, Oregon, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Koch was traveling easttbound on Highway 20, when she collided with a loaded dump truck, headed westtbound. The truck was loaded with dirt and towing a trailer also loaded with dirt. The truck is owned by Riverbend Material Company of Oregon

The driver of the truck was David Clark, 60-year-old male from Albany, Oregon. There is no indication of alcohol or drugs as being a factor in the crash.

Highway 20 was closed for 4.5 hours while the Benton County Sheriff’s Office Crash Team investigated the incident. 

Anyone who witnessed the incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Seirup at 541-766-6858 or email doug.seirup@co.benton.or.us.