On Thursday June 14, 2018 at approximately 12:00 PM Oregon State Police, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and other emergency personnel were dispatched to a vehicle in the North Umpqua River near Hwy 138 mile post 44.
Emergency responders located a 2005 Mercury Sable that had for unknown reasons left the roadway, struck a tree, and came to rest partially in the river. The driver identified as Sandra Mincher, age 68 of Dillard, OR died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. The passenger, a juvenile male, also died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.
The Oregon State Police as well as numerous other emergency personnel had been searching for the two and the vehicle since they had been reported as overdue motorists on Wednesday June 13, 2018 at 9:00 PM.
They had been last seen leaving Klamath Falls on Wednesday June 13, 2018 at approximately 1:30 PM enroute to Dillard.
It is believed that the crash occured sometime around 4:00 PM on Wednesday June 13, 2018.
Press release from OSP