Coast Guard aircrew assists police in locating criminal suspect in Oregon

ASTORIA, Ore. — A Coast Guard aircrew assisted the Cannon Beach Police Department in locating Jessica Smith, a suspect wanted by local law enforcement, Sunday.

The aircrew’s flight mechanic spotted Smith about 15 miles east of Cannon Beach around 5 p.m. and relayed her position to local law enforcement personnel who subsequently apprehended her.

The Cannon Beach Police Department requested the assistance of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria to assist in the search for Smith Saturday, around noon. A Jayhawk aircrew launched and conducted search patterns in the vicinity of the Tolvana Mainline Road in Clatsop County with no sign of Smith or her vehicle.

The aircrew launched again at the request of the Cannon Beach Police Department around 3 p.m., Sunday. A Cannon Beach official with extensive knowledge of the inland terrain was aboard. The crew completed a two-hour search of logging roads with no signs of Smith. The Jayhawk crew was on their way back to Air Station Astoria when she was spotted. The aircrew then vectored in local law enforcement to make contact with Smith.

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