Crossroads Loop Death Investigation
On February 8, 2014 a deputy of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for a welfare check of an elderly couple in the Sisters area that had last been seen on the evening of February 7, 2014. Attempts to contact the couple by telephone by the reporting party and the deputy were unsuccessful. A number of possible locations within the Sisters area were found to be related to the couple and subsequently were being checked by the deputy, one of which was an address on Crossroads Loop.
On arrival to the Crossroads Loop location the deputy located the couple’s car some distance from the Crossroads Loop address. The deputy with the assistance of the Sisters Fire Department, located the male, Henry Constable, buried under snow and a short distance from the residence. The female, Brooke Constable, was located nearby also covered by snow which had fallen the previous night and had continued to accumulate during the day prior to the couple’s discovery. The couple had apparently been walking from the road on an unplowed driveway to the residence through heavy snow.
While this incident is still under investigation it is important to note that the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office does not suspect that the deaths of the Constable’s was a result of foul play, rather it was potentially a result of exposure to the extreme weather conditions, overexertion in snow conditions, a medical emergency or a combination of the above factors.
Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office recommends the following during During Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
- Stay indoors during the storm and extreme weather conditions.
- Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
- Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
- Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
- Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
- Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible.
- Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.
- Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
- Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
For further information for preparing for extreme weather conditions go to the following website:
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